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Rich gene pool of exotic trees and bushes accumulated in individual collections

2009-12-11

Rich gene pool of exotic trees and bushes accumulated in individual collections
Dendrological Collections of Lithuania, a monograph by Laimutis Januškevičius and Valerija Baronienė, has just been published by the Ministry of Environment. The purpose of this richly-illustrated publication is to provide information on the results of stocktaking of individual dendrological collections of Lithuania and bio-ecological studies carried out in 1993–2007 as well as on the owners of these collections.

There have been no data on individual dendrological collections scattered all over the country so far. Some of them are similar to botanical gardens in terms of the variety of plants. It is currently difficult to find a district in the country without a larger or smaller dendrological collection. Some of them have grown so large that they have turned into dendrological parks which are often called arboretums. According to information available to the Lithuanian Society of Dendrologists, over 2,000 species and lower-ranking taxa introduced woody plants are grown in individual dendrological collections of the country.

Lithuanians started growing foreign woody plants in the XIV–XV century. The publication provides a brief history of introduction and acclimatisation of these plants in Lithuania and an overview of over 250 present individual dendrological collections. Thirty-five richest of these collections are described in greater detail.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

11 December 2009


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas