Department of Phanerogamic Botany
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The collections have their origin in the curiosity cabinets of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1739, but have grown over the years by collecting, and by acquisition of scientifically important collections.
Today the collections comprise some 3 million specimens, which are divided into three herbaria:

Two 18th century herbaria are also kept separate, i. e. the Linnean herbarium (S-LINN) with about 4000 specimens from the herbarium of the famous swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus, and the Swartz herbarium with collections from the West Indies made by Olof Swartz. Small historical herbaria from early 18th century are also Celsius' Flora Uplandica and Antonius Münchenberg's Herbarium vivum.

The collections are used in the ongoing research at the department, and a large number of scientists visit the herbaria each year. The department has also a considerable exchange and loan service with other institutions all over the world.

Parts of the collections have been computerized and are today available through searchable databases. A number of images of herbarium specimens, notably some sheets from the Linnean herbarium (S-LINN), are available on the Internet. The work is still in progress, and new data and images are added from time to time.

Latest update: 15 October 1997
Comments on this page: Arne Anderberg
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