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The University of California Botanical Garden is a 34 acre (13.7 ha) botanical garden located on the University of California, Berkeleymarker campus. The Garden is in the campus's Strawberry Canyon which overlooks the San Francisco Baymarker. It is one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States, and famous for its large number of rare and endangered species.

Established in 1890, the Garden now contains more than 20,000 accessions, representing 324 plant families, 12,000 different species and subspecies, and 2,885 genera. Outdoor collections are in general arranged geographically, and nearly all specimens have been collected from the wild. The major family collections include: Cactus (2,669 plants), Lily (1,193 plants), Sunflower (1,151 plants), Heath (897 plants), and Orchid (950). Other well-represented families include about 500 types of ferns and fern allies, Chinese medicinal herbs, plants of economic importance, Old rose cultivars, and California native plants. A set of greenhouses contain succulents, epiphytes, ferns, carnivorous plants, and tropicals.

The Garden's geographically organized sections include:

  • Asian - has an outstanding Rhododendron collection (259 taxa, 397 accessions) including many mature tree Rhododendrons too tender for most North American climates. Also present are many members of the redwood family including the original dawn redwoods (Metasequoia), and dozens of unusual shrubs, vines, and herbaceous species recently collected from Chinamarker.

  • Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden - growing selections from the everyday pharmacopeia of modern China.

  • New World Desert: bristles with cacti and other succulents from North and Central America, plus the high deserts of the Andes.

  • Meso American: shows the diversity of Central American habitats with genera found in both mountain and desert areas such as Agaves, oaks (Quercus), pines, and an extensive range of brightly-flowered Salvias.

Diverse trees fill Strawberry Canyon, here seen from the California area.

The Garden's greenhouses are as follows: the Arid House presents seasonal exhibits of cacti and succulents. The Fern and Carnivorous Plants House display diverse ferns and unusual insect-eating plants. The Tropical House features tropical plants of economic value, and many curiosities such as the giant corpse lily Amorphophallus.

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