Bangladesh Agricultural University Botanical Garden (BAUBG) located on the west bank of the Old Brahmaputra River,is furnished with natural beauty. It was established in 1963 with 25 acres of land to collect threatened plant species and conserve them for studies by the students, academicians and
researcher. It is under the administrative control and management of the Department of Crop Botany,
Bangladesh Agricultural University. It is one of the largest botanical garden in Bangladesh, a knowledge center for nature lovers and botanists and a tourist destination. It is also aimed at generating public awareness regarding plant conservation. The garden is also popular for its beautiful landscaping, rare collections and scientific management.
The garden has so far succeeded in collecting and conserving a total of 1496 plant species under 287 genera and 198 families. The collected plants are housed and accommodated on different specialized
zones and conservatories according to their habits and utilities. The Botanical Garden is composed of several zones: a medicinal plant garden, endemic and exotic fruit garden, water and rock garden, palm
and cycads garden, bamboo and rattan garden, fern and fern allies garden, orchid garden, cactus and succulent garden, mangrove garden, tea garden and an arboretum. Recently plant herbarium has also been established in the garden for preserving dry specimens for future reference. A nursery housed in the garden for propagation, multiplication and species recovery programme. Students, teachers and researchers of BAU and other institutions use the Botanic Garden as their field
laboratory for education and research on plant diversity and conservation. Bangladesh Agricultural University Botanical Garden is the only member of the Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) and registered participant from Bangladesh on the worldwide implementation of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens on conservation and the Global strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in support of plant conservation,environmental awareness and sustainable development.
In view of the growing interest in botanical garden all over the worlds, it is attempted in this publication to make a plant biodiversity database on medicinal plants, ornamental plants, gymnosperms and palms, indigenous and exotic fruit plants, cactus and succulents, bamboo and rattans,mangrove
plants,and collected rare and endangered plants available at BAU Botanical Garden with their local names, scientific name, family and conservation status. Colorful photographs of selected plants of different types are used in this book which will be beneficial for scientific community,gardener and the interested people.