museum of paleobotany and ethnobotany  
via foria n.223

telephone: 081449759-455654
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entry (indicative): euro 0 (full fare) - euro 0 (reduced fare)


closed on Sunday

Inside the botanical garden, housed in the seventeenth-century building, we find the museum, separated in two sections: the paleobotany one and that ethnobotany. In the paleobotany section are exposed fossil finds that testify the evolution of the terrestrial plants by Siluriano (400 million years ago) to our days; important is the three-dimensional construction, in iron and plastic reinforced by incorporated fibreglass, of a phylogenetic tree (tall 2.50 ms. and large 3 m.), which illustrates the appearance and the evolution of the principal groups of the terrestrial plants. In the ethnobotany section there is the collection of objects in vegetable material coming from Mexico, from Amazzonia, from Borneo, from Sumatra and from Philippines; among the objects coming from Philippines, there are the baskets gotten by the interlacement of clear fibers of a palm (corypha elata) and from the dark fibers gotten by the fern (Lygodium japonium) used as containers for mixtures; interesting also some objects of domestic use realized with fibers of Agave (Agave deweyana) coming from Mexico.



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