Tropical Botanic Garden

tropical lakes and plantsFounded in 1959, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden is located in Menglun Township. It is a comprehensive research institution engaged in biodiversity conservation and sustainable uses of plant resources, focusing on forest ecosystem ecology, conservation biology and resource plant development.

Tropical Botanic Garden was officially approved in 1959 and named the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 1971 to 1978, XTBG was renamed the Yunnan Institute of Tropical Botany and placed under the administration of Yunnan Provincial Committee for Science and Technology. Under the support of the "knowledge innovation program of CAS" since 1998, XTBG has recovered from its previous stagnation and gradually matured into an important international research institution.

The XTBG is regarded as the "Green Germ on the Crown of the Plant Kingdom". Currently, over 10 thousand species of tropical plants are well preserved in its 34 living collections. There are thousands of varieties of tropical and subtropical plants from home and abroad, including many rare exotic and endangered plant species. Facilities available for scientific research include two national field research stations, laboratories for Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Plant Phylogenetics & Conservation Biology, Physiological Ecology, a Germplasm Bank for Rare & Endangered Plants and a Herbarium of Tropical Plants, etc.

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