Welcome to Sacred Seeds!

On 15th August the IITA Forest Project’s new forest resource garden was formally accepted as a Sacred Seeds Sanctuary This global network of gardens, which is run by the William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden (USA), aims to protect and propagate indigenous plants that are of importance in traditional culture, health and welfare. It is the third garden in Africa to become a Sacred Seeds Sanctuary, the other being in Ambalabe, Madagascar, and the Forest School for Traditional Health Practitioners (PROMETRA), Uganda.
The garden is for education, training, and conservation, encouraging research into cultivation, propagation, and sustainable utilization of Yorubaland’s flora. An orchard of forest fruit trees was planted last year. It is not yet open to visitors but watch this space for a grand opening next year!

sacred seeds


African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

CONNECT WITH US | Address: IITA, PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria | Copyright 2012