Plant Profile: Cacao

There are few plants whose scientific name translates as “food of the gods,” but the Greek name for cacao—Theobroma cacao —does. It makes sense that this plant, famous for being the key ingredient in modern day chocolate, has become important for many cultures around the world. Ethnobotany: The study of the relationships between people and…

Plant Profile: Jackfruit

  The Climatron is home to nearly 3,000 plants, but none are quite as remarkable as Artocarpus heterophyllus. Better known as Jackfruit, this tropical tree stands out for a very big reason: it bears the largest fruits of any tree in the world. What is a Jackfruit? Artocarpus heterophyllus is native to India and Malaysia—but…

Fall Foliage at Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the St. Louis region to experience fall, as seemingly endless acres of tree canopies change from deep greens to luscious red, orange, and yellow hues.   There are several ways to enjoy the splendor of the season at the Reserve. 14 miles of hiking trails…