A three-day flower show was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of Karachi University Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser on the campus on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, the KU vice chancellor said that thousands of plant species throughout the world were endangered and facing extinction with the current trend of their exploitation and destruction. “In such a situation it is imperative that awareness is spread among common people and this is the aim of setting up a botanical garden at the university which works to conserve and rehabilitate rare and endemic species which are fast vanishing on account of environmental degradation,” he said.
The botanical garden situated inside the university had many sections comprising a wide, diverse range of plants and trees, which were all watered with the help of an energy-efficient waste water treatment plant, he added.
“The whole garden is connected through a 2.75km-long walkway and can be accessed by a wheelchair user. An amphitheatre has also been constructed for educational activities,” he added.
Explaining unique features of the flower show, KU botanical garden head Dr Anjum Parveen said that almost 3,000 species of plants, including endemic and endangered species and those indigenously used for medicinal purposes, were put on display in order to create their awareness.
“These species include Cadaba heterotricha, Abutilon pakistana, Asparagus dumosus, Commiphora stockiana that are native to Sindh. We have been able to conserve these species through tissue culture at the university,” she said.
“Ornamental species such as Fuchsia magellanica, native to southern areas of South America, and orchids along with plants found favourable to produce bio-diesel fuel, for instance, jatropha and cassava, are also on display at the show, “added Dr Parveen.
The first day of the exhibition was attended by people from different walks of life who looked amazed by such a wide variety of flowers and plants.
The exhibition will last for three days.
Visitors from outside the university can also enjoy the show.