This collection focuses on plants native to places surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
Purpose and scope of the collection
The Mediterranean Plant Collection showcases plants imported from countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa with climates similar to areas adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. Las Vegas landscape designs incorporate many of these plants, which are adaptable to our harsh growing conditions. They also complement Mediterranean-influenced architectural styles prevalent in urban residential, commercial, and public buildings in the Las Vegas Valley and adjacent parts of southern Nevada.
The Mediterranean Plant Collection supports studies on convergent plant evolution between species found in the Mediterranean and in similar climate zones in the United States, such a the California chaparral. For example, aloes, cacti and agave have all converged on similar morphogical responses to similar landscapes and climates.
Collection — specific interpretations of this policy and special instructions
Programs supported by the collection
Type of collection: Geographic
Year established: 2003
Guidelines created: March 2006
Last revised: March 2006
Proposed by: 2003 Long Range Planning Committee
Location: Concentrated in plantings around the UNLV Foundation
Building, but individual specimens may be dispersed throughout the campus
Last inventoried: in progress
Number of species: n/a
Number of specimens: n/a