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Jardin Botánico de Mérida

Venezuela - Mérida - Mërida

Institution Code: MERC

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Entrance of the Botanical Garden
Entrance of the Botanical Garden

About the Jardin Botánico de Mérida

The Jardin Botanico de Mérida belongs to the Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida Venezuela. Its mission is to be a space open to the public to learn the importance of nature and cultural inheritanc of the Venezuelan Andes, for conservation and enjoyment.

Main Address:
Jardin Botánico de Mérida
Facultad de Ciencias, Apdo. postal 52
La Hechicera
Mérida 5101 Venezuela

Telephone: +58 (0)274 240 1294
Fax: +58 (0)274 240 1297
URL: http://www.botanica.ciens.ula
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Juan Carlos Gaviria R.
    Curator's Name: Yelitza León Vargas
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Carlos Tirado
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 7
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1991
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 12 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 7 Hectares
  • Total Area: 44 Hectares
    Latitude: 8.6014
    Longitude: -71.1486
    Annual Rainfall: 1400 mm
    Altitude: 1800.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardín Botánico de Mérida
  • Local Address: Av. Alberto Carnevali, La Hechicera
  • Locality: City: Mérida
  • Locality: State: Mérida

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 25000
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 30000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 8000
  • Special Collections:The garden has:
    Cloud Forest
    Medicinal plants
    Decidous lowland forest

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    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: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

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