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Meise Botanic Garden

Meise Botanic Garden is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. Its missions are to increase and spread the knowledge of plants and to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. In order to achieve its goals, the garden maintains a herbarium containing about three million specimens, an important library connected to botany and a quite large, fully documented living plant collection.

The greenhouse and outdoor plant collections hold 17,000 taxa (24,000 accessions). Just over half are located in the greenhouses (Plant Palace), with the remainder planted outside, or occuring wild in the 92ha domain.

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The outdoor collections accommodate about 7,500 taxa from all temperate regions of the world. Three systematic collections form the core of the plantings: the Herbetum (herbaceous plants arranged to the systems of Cronquist & Takhtajan), the Fruticetum (woody plants ordered to the system of Dahlgren) and the Coniferetum (gymnosperms displayed by genus). Thematic collections of high interest are the medicinal plants, the North American forest and the Mediterranean plants. Other plant collections are arranged by genus, e.g. Quercus, Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Acer (Japanese & Chinese) and Magnolia.

Well-represented plant families from temperate regions include Aceraceae, Betulaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Cornaceae, Cupressaceae, Berberidaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Pinaceae, Ranunculaceae and Rosaceae.

About 13,000 accessions from 9,200 taxa originating from the tropics and sub-tropics are grown in the greenhouses.

The Plant Palace comprises of 13 interconnecting houses with different climatic zones that offer visitors plants from tropical water lilies to desert cacti. One glasshouse is specifically dedicated to economic plants from the tropical regions and another recreates the 500 million-year evolution of the plant kingdom. The indoor collections also comprise of plants used for research and conservation, which can be viewed by appointment. These include Rubiaceae, Cactaceae, Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae and the genus Saintpaulia.

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Nieuwelaan, 38
1860 Meise
Tel +32 (0)2 260 09 20
Fax +32 (0)2 260 09 45
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