The Botanic garden at Sultan Qaboos University was the first garden to be developed in Oman and the Arabian Peninsula. It was established mainly for the conservation and characterization of the wild native plants of Oman. In addition, it has been used as a living educational and research material in the university. The garden occupies an area of 5 hectare and divided into 8 different themes. It contains more than 300 species of plant, 40% of them are native Omani plants.
The role of Botanic Garden
A Botanic garden is a scientific front, where plants are classified based on the species, family and order to which they belong. The botanic gardens are considered as a reference to the researchers, students and amateur botanists. The role of the botanic garden is:
Conservation of biodiversity and threatened species through seed bank
- Plant identification & classification
- Cultivation of new plant varieties
- Scientific research related to plant, soil and environment
- Emphasize the role of the herbarium in the advancement of plant taxonomy and systematics