The South China Botanical Garden is located about 8 kilometers (about 5 miles) to the north of Guangzhou city and covers 4,500 mu (about 741 acres). Initially built in 1929, it is the oldest and largest South Asian tropical botanical garden in China. It is also the botanical garden containing the most species in China, thus reputed as 'Tropical and Sub-tropical Botanic Museum'.
The South China Botanical Garden consists of three parts: the Nursery and Exhibition Zone, the Research and the Residential Zone, and the Dinghushan Nature Reserve. In the Nursery and Exhibition Zone there are modern conservatories, an education hall, and about 30 specialized gardens. The Research and Residential Zone covers 552 mu (about 91 acres). It includes a herbarium with 1,000,000 plant specimens, a library with 200,000 books, and a network center. Built in 1956, the Dinghushan Nature Reserve is the first nature reserve in China and the only nature reserve of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It cultivates more than 2,400 types of plants. Additionally, the Dinghushan National Field Research Station of Forest Ecosystem is located here.
The herbarium of the South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBSC), was established in 1927. As one of the three largest and most prestigious herbaria in China, IBSC has a collection of more than one million vascular plant specimens, including about 7,000 type specimens. Research programmes at IBSC cover taxonomic and evolutionary studies on mosses and vascular plants, the conservation of the rare and endangered species in tropical and subtropical areas. The first English language botanical journal of China, Sunyatsenia, the first local flora, Flora of Guangzhou were published by IBSC in 1930 and 1956 respectively. IBSC also finished compiling 27 volumes of Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae. In order to meet the needs of development in science and society, we have been digitalizing all of our collections. With the complement of the new wing of the herbarium in 2003, the total deposit area equals to 5600 M2 which makes a solid base for the further development of this herbarium.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from South China Botanical Garden that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.