Saving plants that heal


Maytenus ilicifolia

(Family: Celastraceae)

This medicinal plant is used to prepare medicines to treat various illnesses, and as a contraceptive. It is indigenous to north-eastern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil.

Pilocarpus pennatifolius

(Family: Rutaceae)

This medicinal plant is used in indigenous cultures to treat stomach problems and has more recently been used in eye care as well. It comes from north-eastern Argentina.

Two major international partners

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

The world's largest plant protection network.

With over 700 members and partners in nearly 120 countries, BGCI supports programs for the protection of endangered plant species, provides general and technical recommendations, and regularly shares information through newsletters, magazines, conferences and training sessions.
Thanks to its international scope and professional expertise, it also successfully influences government policy.

Carlos Thays Botanical Garden

At the heart of the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, it is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. It currently houses 3,700 living specimens from 200 different botanical families, as well as a herbarium containing 4,630 plants. A large part of the garden is dedicated to growing indigenous Argentinian tree species.
Carlos Thays Botanical Garden is a major institution in Argentina, not only thanks to its geographical location and history, but also because it plays an important role in developing educational projects.
This botanical garden was founded 120 years ago by the French landscape architect and urban planner Charles Thays.



Partners on the subject


Restoring a natural wetland

The Río de la Plata estuary, sitting North of Buenos Aires in Argentina,...