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King Saud University Botanic Garden

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Saudi Arabia - Riyadh - Riyadh

Institution Code: KSU

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

Botanic Garden at King Saud University
Botanic Garden at King Saud University

About the King Saud University Botanic Garden

This botanic garden has started in 1994 within the university campus to protect the rare and endangered plants. Although the garden is for students' practical purposes, the overall idea of establishing a garden in the University is to make people aware of the importance of botanic gardens and to train them in the planning, planting and protection of such gardens; and to persuade landscape architects and Municipal Authorities to use native plants in their plantings whenever and wherever suitable.

Main Address:
King Saud University Botanic Garden
College of Science,
Department of Botany and Microbiology,
Riyadh 11451 Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966-1-4675807
Fax: +966-1-4675833
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Dr Ahmed H. Alfarhan
    Curator's Name: Dr. Jacob Thomas
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 1

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: 1994
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: 24.6748
    Longitude: 46.6977
    Annual Rainfall: 120 mm
    Altitude: 800.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 400 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 500 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 30000
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 300

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 150
  • Special Collections:Live plants are mainly from the Central Region of Saudi Arabia. However, several species from the southwestern region and other parts of the Kingdom are also planted in this garden.

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

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