National Botanical Gardens of PNG

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Papua New Guinea - Morobe Province - Lae

Institution Code: LAE

BGCI Member: No

About the National Botanical Gardens of PNG

The Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute (FRI), is charged with, among other things, the responsibility to provide through research, scientific information and basis for the sustainable management of Papua New Guinea's forests.

Main Address:
National Botanical Gardens of PNG
Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute
P.O. Box 314
Morobe Province Papua New Guinea

Telephone: 675 472 4188
Fax: 675 4726572
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Nalish Sam
    Curator's Name: Roy Banka
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1949
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 57 Hectares
    Latitude: -6.7236
    Longitude: 146.9909
    Annual Rainfall: 450 mm
    Altitude: 40.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 400
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Native Araceae, Begoniaceae, Orchidaceae (+1000 spp.), bamboo, Elacocarpaceae, Combretaceae, cycas, Guttiferae, Hoya, Leguminosae, Musaceae, Myrtaceae, Palmae, Sapindaceae, Rubiaceae, Dipterocarpaceae, Pandanaceae and Zingiberaceae, Heliconia, cacti, timbIndigenous palm species of Papua New Guinea

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes