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Department of Botany

The Department of Botany has one of the largest scientific collections in the world, comprising about 4.5 million specimens of flowering plants, ferns, algae, mosses, fungi, slime molds, lichens and bacteria.

The Department of Phanerogamic Botany at the Swedish Museum of Natural History


The herbaria at the department  is one of the largest in the world, with approximately three million specimens.

The department also house collections of fungi, myxomycetes, lichens, algae, bryophytes and pteridophytes. Collections consists of specimens from all over the world collected from the 1800th century until now.

The collections have high historical and scientific value, and is used as a base for the research at the department, but also by scientists all over the world.

Some parts of the collections have been made available via Internet as search databases.


Research at the department deals with various issues of systematic botany, where the external morphology, internal anatomy and sequences of DNA is used to formulate hypotheses of common ancestry and evolutionary patterns.

Taxonomic revisions of different genera, and morphological treatments are other fields of research.

Visitors and research

Scientist from institutions in Sweden and other countries regularly visits the Swedish Museum of Natural History to study the collections. At the departement systematic research is conducted.

Loan requests

If you have questions about loan contact Anders Tehler.

Anders Tehler
+46 (0)8 519 541 60

Do you want to know more?

Read more in our database, where you find more information about flowering plants, ferns, algae, mosses, fungi, slime molds, lichens and bacteria.

A virtual swedish floraexternal link
Botanical History 
Nordic vascular plants - Checklistexternal link
The Linnean herbarium (S-LINN)
The Scanning Project