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Botany and mycology

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. At the department, we conduct organism-centred research in botany and mycology.

The Department of Botany was formed in 2013 by merging the former departments of Phanerogamic botany and Cryptogamic botany. Our research focuses mainly 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 houses collections of fungi, myxomycetes, lichens, algae, bryophytes and pteridophytes. The bryophyte herbarium is on ofthe five largest globally.

Collections consist 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. Read more about our collections.opens in new window


Research at the department of Botany focuses on phylogenetic systematics, biodiversity patterns in space and time, life history traits and taxonomy. We address evolutionary questions from the infraspecific to the highest taxonomic levels. We also conduct revisionary studies and flora work in botany and mycology, and many of us are actively involved in work aiming to safeguard biodiversity and red-listing of species. Read more about research in botany and mycology.

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.


Head of department

Mats Wedin


Ulla-Karin Skärlundexternal link


Dennis Strid

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Mailing address

Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm Sweden

Visiting address

Svante Arrhenius väg 13


+46 8 519 540 00