Lancetilla Botanic Garden & Research Center

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Honduras - Tela

Institution Code: LANCE

BGCI Member: No

About the Lancetilla Botanic Garden & Research Center

Lancetilla is the only the Botanical Garden in Honduras and perhaps the largest in Latin America. It is located in the north of the country, near the city Tela, in the Caribbean. It comprises of a total of 1681 hectares and has a diverse collection of national and exotic flora, collected over the last

80 years from tropical areas around the world. The Botanical Garden is a department of the National School of Forest Sciences (ESNACIFOR).

Main Address:
Lancetilla Botanic Garden & Research Center
Apartado Postal 49,
00000 Honduras

Telephone: +504 448 1740
Fax: +504 448 1740
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ciro Navarro
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1925
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1261 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 1620 Hectares
    Latitude: 15.7748
    Longitude: -87.4568
    Annual Rainfall: 3500 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 50 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address:
  • Locality: City: Tela
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 2000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 78
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 50000
    Number of Volunteers: 21

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1000
  • Special Collections:360 ha experimental timber plantation. A rich collection of economic plants, particularly fruit trees. Plantains - one of the richest and most diverse collections in the world. Timber trees (60 spp.), Asian fruit plants (in total 636 spp., 392 genera and 107 families), orchids, palms, bamboos, Garcinia mangostana (mangosteen), Lecythis elliptica (sapulcaria), Terminalia arjuna (arjuna), Amelina arborea (white teak), Citrus spp., Pimenta acris (bay rum), Canarium ovatum (pilli nut), Theobroma cacao (cacao), Senegal mahogany, Nephrelium mutabile (pulasan), Litchi chenensis (lichee), Eucalyptus deglupta, coffee, Khaya ivorensis, (Lagos mahogany), Nephelium lappaceum (rambutan), Mangifera indica (mango), Swietenia macrophylla (caoba), Myristica fragrans (nutmeg), Eugenia dombeyi (grumichana), Myrciaria cauliflora (jaboticaba), Tectona grandis (teak)m Cybistax donnell-smithii (San Juan primavera), Elaeis guineensis (African oil palm), black pepper, avocado, Roystonia regia (royal palm). A biological reserve of 1,281 ha, parts secoundary, parts primary forest, is contained within the Garden.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes