For each species, there is a sheet with texts, photographs and a location map. Each sheet is headed by the scientific name of the species (along with its author(s)), its common name and, on the right, the name of the botanical family it belongs to. The icon to the right plays the audio pronunciation of the name (according to the prosody of classical Latin).
On the right side, there are five dropdown options with carefully written and reviewed texts about:
- Etymology of the generic name and the specific epithet (and the infraspecific epithet, if there is one).
- Description of the habit, leaves, flowers and fruits.
- Phenology (please note this period is approximate and a visit to the gardens should be planned depending on the weather patterns of any given year).
- Geographic origin.
- Observations such as the most common propagation method and interesting features on the age, sex and health of the specimens in the gardens, as well as comments on other uses and applications, apart from ornamental ones.
The use (food, medicine or timber) and toxicity of the plants are shown in the sheet with icons. Species have been considered to be medicinal when they are part of a plant therapy product traded in Spain or are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, and as timber species when they are widely traded for their timber or yield high quality timber. The descriptions are completed by high quality photographs that show the general shape, leaves, flowers and fruits of the plant, as well as some details such as its bark, spines or other structures of interest. All the photographs were especially taken for this work and depict specimens of these gardens. They have short captions that help the reader interpret them and highlight traits that are useful to identify the species. It is possible to enlarge the pictures in the photo gallery and zoom in to see smaller details with a virtual magnifying glass.
Finally, the location map shows where all the specimens of a species can be found in the gardens.
For readers who are not familiar with botanical terms, a Glossary has been provided as support. All the terms it includes can be reviewed in a practical way with a simple visit to the gardens, which we hope will be a stimulating reward for people who are starting to learn botanical concepts.