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Collections in the garden


The Botanic Garden includes 23,462 living plants, all digitally registered and representing 313 families, 2,707 genera and 12,287 species, originating from 17,870 accession numbers. A number of plants for experimental use are not registered.

The gene bank in the garden holds seeds of about 800 Danish plants, 1,000 species from the garden's own collections and 150 accessions of seeds of special interest for research; furthermore about 50 plants are maintained as tissue cultures in the tissue culture laboratory including plants from the Mascarenes and the Galapagos Islands acutely threatened with extinction.

One of the goals of the selection of plants in the garden is to show species from all parts of the plant system, and ensuring a broad geographical and ecological representation from other countries and climates.

This means that greenhouses and systematic quarters are maintained to make it possible to grow plants from other climates. Also, open-air beds with different growth conditions such as light, temperature, moisture, nutrition and soil structure are maintained.

Plants which are primarily grown for the public are placed and grouped to meet this criterion as well as possible, for instance the collection of orchids or the Sorbus-collection. Other examples include biological groupings of annuals or carnivorous plants, ecological groupings in the bog or in the steppe beds. Geographical groupings include the Danish quarter and the Madagascar collection, and climatical areas are represented by the large tropical Palm House and the collection of succulents.