Instituto Experimental Jardin Botánico "Dr. Tobías Lasser"

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Venezuela - Distrito Capital - Caracas

Institution Code: VEN

BGCI Member: No

About the Instituto Experimental Jardin Botánico "Dr. Tobías Lasser"

The Caracas Botanical Garden, comprising 70 ha, is the largest biological reserve in Caracas. The main building was built between 1948 and 1957, when the Botanical Garden opened to the public, incorporating the National Herbarium of Venezuela and the Henri Pittier Library, both previously belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture. The Botanical Garden was declared a National Park in 1969. In 1980 both the Botanical Garden and the National Herbarium were assigned to the National Park Institute. In 2000, UNESCO declared the Universidad Central de Venezuela, together with the Caracas Botanical Garden, "Cultural Heritage of Humanity". In 2012 the Experimental Botanical Garden Institute "Dr. Tobías Lasser "(IEJB) was founded as part of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. The Garden is funded mainly by the University and to a lesser proportion by its own incomes and by donations. In this Garden, research, education, conservation and recreational activities are carried out.

Main Address:
Instituto Experimental Jardin Botánico "Dr. Tobías Lasser"
Avenida Salvador Allende
Ciudad Universitaria
Distrito Capital 1040 Venezuela

Telephone: 58-212-6053970 or 6053995
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ana Herrera
    Curator's Name: Thalia Morales
    Plant Records Officer's Name: María Alejandra Guillén
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 20
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 12
    Administration Staff Number: 60

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: 1957
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 70 Hectares
  • Total Area: 70 Hectares
    Latitude: 10.485
    Longitude: 66.898
    Annual Rainfall: 925 mm
    Altitude: 869.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 50 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardín Botánico de Caracas
  • Local Address: Ciudad Universitaria, Avenida Salvador Allende
  • Locality: City: Caracas
  • Locality: State: Distrito Capital

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 439000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 8
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 5200
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1700
  • Special Collections:Xerophytes, palmetum, gingers, aroids, orchids, bromeliads, economic plants, arboretum and tropical forest.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: No
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    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: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: 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