Plant Collections

The planting scheme aims to represent the classification system of Cronquist (1988), reflecting the traditional use of the garden as a teaching garden for students of Botany, while at the same retaining the amenity of the garden as a recreational space for other members of the University and public.

From left: Asteridae (first two), and Lillidae collections.

As an indication of the relative sizes of the subclasses, Reveal gives the following numbers:

SubclassOrdersFamiliesSpecies
Asteridae 11 49 60,000 (23,000 in Asteraceae)
Caryophyllidae 3 24 11,000
Dilleniidae 13 77 25,000
Rosidae 18 116 >60,000
Magnoliidae 8 39 12,000
Hamamelididae 11 27 3,400
Alismatidae 4 16 500
Arecidae 4 5 5,600
Commelinidae 7 16 15,000 (8,000 in Poceae)
Liliidae 2 19 25,000
Zingiberidae 2 9 3,800
From left: lichens, garden rainforest, Caryophillidae collections.
From left: Asteridae, Cycads, and Lillidae collections.

Reference: http://www.plantsystematics.org/reveal/pbio/pb450/intr.html