Today, the first exhibition of ferns was held at Batumi Botanical Garden.

Main aim of the exhibition which will be continued until the end of the week is to represent diversity of ferns, collection of which is rather rich at Batumi Botanical Garden.

Invited guests and visitors were enabled to see local flora, as well as 41 species of the fern introduced in the garden.

During the last three years, 34 species of wild-grown fern species have been collected by the Department of Local Plants and Conservation in the phytogeographical department of Transcaucasia.

Some of represented species are of relic nature, some of them endemic, with areal of rare spreading. Some of them have decorative importance. The ferns, though rarely, are used in the folk medicine

The Exhibition was attended by the Mayor of Batumi Mr. Giorgi Ermakov and Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Batumi Mr. Yasin Temizkan together with accompanied persons.

Some facts about ferns:

Ferns belong to one of the oldest pottery-fibber higher plane groups, generation of which dates back to Paleozoic period (approximately 300 ml years ago). Their study is particularly interesting for forming flora and fauna and understanding their further development.

Today, approximately 15000 species of 570 families of these ancient groups of the plants are spread in the world. Fern represent warmth and humid lover plants.

Ferns represent warmth-lover plants. Majority of them, 12 000 species are spread in the tropical zone, whereas 300 in the moderate zone.

Ajara flora and plants are distinguished by particular diversity and sustainability, being conditioned with the plant groups formed earlier in the third period, relic and endemic species and abundance of rich florist complexes. Ferns occupy a significant role in the diversity of Ajara Flora, being represented with 51 species. Their spreading area is rather big, from the seaside including Sub-alpine zone.