Jardim Botânico Tropical

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Institution Code: JBT

BGCI Member: No

Jardim Botânico Tropical: The main lake
Jardim Botânico Tropical: The main lake

About the Jardim Botânico Tropical

The Tropical Botanic Garden (JBT) belongs to the Tropical Research Institute (IICT). It is located in Belém, the noblest and most monumental part of the city of Lisbon. Created in 1906 under the name of The Colonial Garden, it was conceived as a centre of experimentation of cultures and as a space to collect information regarding tropical agriculture; it was considered an “indispensable support to the teaching activity”.
The plant collection in the garden consists of species mainly from tropical and subtropical regions, with economic and botanic interest like spices, fruit, medicinal, stimulants, and fibers among others, many of which have a particular historical connection to the age of discoveries of the Portuguese explorers. Also, we find there some species threatened in their natural habitats, like cycads, and some rare species of palms.
Linked to this remarkable natural heritage we have historical buildings such as a Palace (Palácio dos Condes da Calheta), tile panels, and marble sculptures that include different aesthetics concepts which span several historical periods, from the XVII century to the XX century.
Scientific research activities in tropical themes, namely in biodiversity and tropical ecosystems, are carried out there. Being a space open to the public, JBT should also be understood as a privileged place for the promotion of interdisciplinary research activity developed at the IICT, which encompasses themes both from Natural and Human Sciences. The garden holds an important role in allowing the public to make acquaintance with the tropical sciences, contributing to the promotion of scientific culture in the Portuguese society and in the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

Main Address:
Jardim Botânico Tropical
Largo de Belém
1400-209 Portugal

Telephone: (351) 213 921 808
URL: https://www.museus.ulisboa.pt/pt-pt/jardim-botanico-tropical
Primary Email: geral@museus.ulisboa.pt

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Marta Lourenço
    Curator's Name: Maria Cristina Duarte (scientific curator)
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1906
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Total Area: 7 Hectares
    Latitude: 38.699444
    Longitude: -9.202222
    Annual Rainfall: 617 mm
    Altitude: 30.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardim Botânico Tropical
  • Local Address: Largo de Belém
  • Locality: City: Lisboa
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 300000
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Tropical Trees and Shrubs
    Tropical Vines
    Useful Tropical Plants
    Palms and Cycads

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes