Discover the diversity and beauty of Chile’s forested areas through the medium of botanical art. This book is due for publication by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2015  for the English edition and  2016  for the Spanish edition

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	Proposed Cover of the Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile</p>

Proposed Cover of the Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile

The Book

A high quality book featuring 81 newly commissioned, watercolour paintings showing the remarkable diversity of plants associated with the woods and forests of Chile. Included are many endemic species some of which are threatened with extinction.


  • Foreword by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay
  • Trees, shrubs, climbers, herbaceous and bulbous plant species, some of which have never been painted before.
  • Text that is non-technical and includes details about distribution, habitat, conservation, cultivation and uses.
  • Measures 420 x 300 mm, hard-back in a slip-case, with ca.200 pages (one fold-out), 81 plates.

To be published in two large format editions (one in English and one in Spanish). Publication is scheduled October 2015 for the English edition and March 2016 for the Spanish edition

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The Flora of Chile

Even though Chile’s flora of 5,000 plant species is relatively few compared with the richness of some neighbouring countries, it does have the highest percentage (46%) of endemic species in South America. This diversity is because Chile is a biogeographic island; bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the high Andes and to the north by the Atacama Desert. However, much of Chile’s flora is under great threat, for example, estimates show a 40% decline in the forests of central and southern Chile. Find out more

The International Conifer Conservation Programme in Chile

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in collaboration with the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) has developed effective strategies aimed at safeguarding the long-term future of some of the most threatened plant species from Chile’s forested regions. The project produced the book ‘Threatened Plants of Central and South Chile’ which details 46 threatened plant species. RBGE has one of the worlds' largest conservation research collections of cultivated Chilean plants.

Volcan Osorno surrounded by temperate rainforest

Volcan Osorno surrounded by temperate rainforest