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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 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 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.


Head of department

Professor Arne Anderbergexternal link


Ulla-Karin Skärlundexternal link


Jens Klackenbergexternal link

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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


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