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The tropical plant collection on the grounds of TARS is one of the finest and best documented in the Western Hemisphere. It has been built up over more than half a century by collections from all over the tropical world and consists of more than 2,000 permanently established species. Among the exotic plants to be seen are camphor, teak, mahogany, cinnamon, nutmeg, rubber, coffee, bamboo (American Bamboo Society), various palms and tropical fruits, vanilla, bay oil, manila hemp, black pepper, cacao, citronnella, lemon-grass, insecticidal plants, cortisone yams, coconuts, numerous exotic flowers, and scores of others. You can access information about our germplasm through the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) which contains information on various accessions and their availability.