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Orto Botanico Università degli Studi di Padova

Italy - Padova

Institution Code: PAD

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

About the Orto Botanico Università degli Studi di Padova

The Botanic Garden of Padua dates back to 1545 and is regarded as the most ancient university garden in the world. Since its foundation, it was devoted to the growth of medicinal plants, since they made up the majority of the "simples", i.e. the remedies directly obtained from nature without any further concoction: for this reason it was named "Hortus Simplicium". In 1997 the Botanical Garden of Padua has been included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
The garden is a circle with an inscribed square which is in turn divided into four smaller squares by two paths aligned with the four cardinal points of the compass. At present, the oldest plant in the garden is a specimen of Chamaerops humilis var. arborescens planted in 1585. It is commonly known as the "Goethe palm". Other important trees are: a ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) and a magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) which date back to about the mid-1700s; a tall plan tree (Platanus orientalis) planted in 1680 and its huge trunk was struck by lightning and is now hollow; some swamp cypresses (Taxodium distichum) from Florida
and a specimen of Metasequoia glyptostroboides planted in 1961. In the Botanic Garden plants are also grouped to form some collections on the basis of their characteristics: insectivorous plants, medicinal and poisonous plants, mediterranean maquis, alpine rock garden, orchids, succulents, hydrophytes, native plants from the Euganean Hills and rare plants from NE-Italy.

Main Address:
Orto Botanico Università degli Studi di Padova
Via Orto Botanico 15,
I-35123
Padova
Italy

Telephone: 39 (0)49 827 2119
Fax: 39 (0)49 827 2120
URL: www.ortobotanico.unipd.it
Primary Email: ortobotanico@unipd.it

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Giorgio Casadoro
    Curator's Name: Roberto Tacchetto
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr.ssa Mariacristina Villani; Dr. Carlo Camarotto
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 12
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1545
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
  • Landscaped Area: Y
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 45.7000
    Longitude: 11.8666
    Annual Rainfall: 900 mm
    Altitude: 12.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 450 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Orto Botanico dell'Università di Padova
  • Local Address: Via Orto Botanico, 15-I-35123
  • Locality: City: Padova
  • Locality: State: Italia

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Arboretum: Y
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: N
    Retail Outlet: Shop: N
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 50000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 6000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3500
  • Special Collections:Medicinal plants, orchids, insectivorous plants, succulents, hydrophytes, native plants from the Euganean Hills, rare plants from NE-Italy. Plants include ancient specimens of Chamaerops humilis (Goethe’s Palm), Platanus orientalis , Ginkgo biloba, Magnolia grandiflora.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    Invasive Species Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: N

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: Y
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: N
    Ecology: N
    Ecosystem Conservation: N
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: N
    Exploration: N
    Floristics: N
    Horticulture: N
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: N
    Pollination Biology: N
    Restoration Ecology: N
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Pharmacology: Y
    Land Restoration: N
    Urban Environments: N

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
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