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The museum 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 was formed in 2013 by merging the former departments of Phanerogamic botany and Cryptogamic botany. Our research is predominately focused on evolution, systematics and biodiversity.


The herbaria of vascular plants 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. The bryophyte herbarium is on ofthe five largest globally.

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 are used as a base for the research at the department, but also by scientists all over the world.

Considerable parts of the collections are available via Internet as search databases.


Research at the department deals with various issues of systematic botany, where external morphology, internal anatomy, sequences of DNA, genomics and life history traits are 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 loan requests

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.

You can read more about loan from our collections at the loan- and exchange page.

Please consider this guide when returning materialPDF to avoid hassle with the Swedish custom services.


Acting Head of department

Mia Ehn


Ulla-Karin Skärlundexternal link


Johannes Lundberg

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Mailing address

Box 500 07
104 05 Stockholm Sweden

Visiting address

Svante Arrhenius väg 7


46-8-51 95 40 00