Protected Species

Germany is home to about 3000 species of vascular plants, of which some 1800 can be found in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Of these, 45% are now listed in the state Red List as endangered or extinct. Among them are species that have colonized coastal and inland dunes, glacial moraine deposits or ombrotrophic mires, that were formerly widespread under extensive land use, as well as those that only occur in North-East Germany (endemics). For 76 species, the flora protection concept of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania declared a very high need for action against possible extinction. Some of these species can be found as so-called conservation cultures (yellow label color) in the "Protected Species" section and in various other places in the Botanical Garden, where they are cultivated and then reintroduced in proper habitats. Please take great care and be cautious of these plants!