Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa

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Institution Code: LISU

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa

The University of Lisbon Botanical Garden was designed in the mid-nineteenth century as a scientific garden. Planting began in 1873 through the initiative of two professors, the Earl of Ficalho and Andrade Corvo, and the garden was inaugurated in 1878.

The great diversity of plants gathered from every corner of the world under Portuguese rule by its earliest gardeners - the German, E. Goeze, and the Frenchman, J. Daveau - illustrated Portugal’s colonial power at the time, though in Europe it was seen as a small and rather peripheral nation.
The systematic collections serve various fields of botanical research, demonstrating to the public and visiting schools the great diversity of plant forms and various ecological processes. They also represent an important and effective way of conserving plants whose survival is threatened.
Some collections deserve a special mention. The outstanding diversity of palms, brought from all continents, confers an unexpectedly tropical atmosphere to several locations in the garden. Cycads, real living fossils representing ancient and mostly extinct floras, are one of the garden’s hallmarks. Nowadays they are extremely rare and certain species are preserved only in botanical gardens. The garden is particularly rich in tropical species from New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan and South America, illustrating the mild climate and the special microclimates produced in the garden

Main Address:
Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa
Rua Escola Politecnica 58
Lisboa 1269-102 Portugal

Telephone: +351-213 921 800
Fax: +351-213 921841
URL: https://www.museus.ulisboa.pt/pt-pt/jardim-botanico-lisboa
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:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1878
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: No
  • Total Area: 4 Hectares
    Latitude: 38.7649
    Longitude: -9.0961
    Annual Rainfall: 600 mm
    Altitude: 40.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 154 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardim Botanico de Lisboa
  • Local Address: The Botanical Garden of Lisbon is included in the National Museum of Natural History which belongs to the University of Lisbon. This Botanical Garden is located in a typical part of the town of Lisbon, between Rato and Bairro Alto.
  • Locality: City: Lisboa
  • Locality: State: Lisboa

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 256000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 3
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 80000
    Number of Volunteers: 6

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1086
  • Special Collections:Cycadaceae, Palmae, Gymnospermae, Moraceae (Ficus)Marsilea sp., Psilotum

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes