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Jakarta Post

Central Sulawesi will soon have its own botanical garden

  • Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Palu, Central Sulawesi   /   Thu, December 7, 2017   /   05:00 pm
Central Sulawesi will soon have its own botanical garden Endangered species – A Rafflesia patma blooms at the Bogor Botanical Garden in 2012. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is planning to establish a 25-hectare botanical garden in the Central Sulawesi regency of Donggala.

“Central Sulawesi has never had a botanical garden. This is part of our plan, and we are really looking forward to it,” LIPI official Danang Wahyu Purnomo said on Wednesday.

He said the garden could be used for conservation efforts, educational activities and tourism.

A House of Representatives member, Ahmad M. Ali, has donated the land for LIPI to establish the botanical garden. “This is a land where many kinds of plants grow well,” he said.

Plants endemic to Sulawesi, Ahmad said, included rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta), wanga (Pigafetta elata) and damar (Agathis celebica). In addition, LIPI will also start planting black ebony (Diaspyros celebica) trees that have dark and hard wood.

"LIPI will also plant popular fruit trees like durian, rambutan, mango and many other plants that will attract many tourists,” he said. (vla)