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  • Herbarium
    The Herbarium at Kew A hub of ground-breaking scientific discovery
  • The world's largest fungarium The fungarium at Kew holds around 1.25 million specimens
  • DNA Research
    DNA research Changing the way we identify plants

The herbarium includes this fungi specimen collected by Darwin from Tierra Del Fuego.

Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.

The collections include around 7 million dried plant specimens in the Herbarium; a living collection of over 19,000 plant species spanning two sites (Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place); the Fungarium containing 1.25 million dried fungal specimens; over 150,000 glass slides detailing plant micro-traits; 95,000 economic botany specimens; the world’s largest wild plant DNA and tissue bank (including 45,000 DNA samples representing 35,000 species); and over 2 billion seeds (from around 35,000 species) in the Millennium Seed Bank, in addition to many other smaller collections and databases. Alongside the physical collections, Kew holds a vast and growing collection of plant and fungal-related data and databases storing information on collections, names, taxonomy, traits, distributions, phylogenies, phenology and conservation.

Browse this section to learn more about Kew's extensive collections of plants and fungi specimens and search the collections online.


Nicholas Hind in herbarium

Herbaria are collections of dried, preserved specimens that document the identity of plants and fungi. Kew's Herbarium is one of the largest in the world, holding some seven million specimens, and plays a central role in research into plant and mycological biodiversity around the world.

About Kew's Herbarium

Herbarium Catalogue

From the Archives

Pastel portrait of Nathaniel Wallich

Nathaniel Wallich and Joseph Hooker are major figures in the history of botany and Kew holds important archives for both men.

Explore the collections and browse hundreds of their letters and drawings as well as plant specimens they collected.

The Wallich collection

The Hooker collection


Other scientific collections

Russula meleagris cap

Discover more about Kew's Fungarium, DNA Bank and MSB seed collections.

Find out about the vital materials they hold and how they are helping science and habitat conservation around the world.

About Kew's Fungarium

Search the Kew Mycology Collection

Search the DNA Bank

Search the Seed List

Economic Botany Collection

A valuable resource for the study of plant uses past, present and future, Kew's Economic Botany Collection includes artefacts made from plants and raw plant materials, showing how humans have made use of plants for food, medicine, utensils, and clothing.

Economic Botany database

Economic Botany collection

Adopt a seed

Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

More from Kew

Fungi Kingdom

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

Photo of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

People & data

Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

Montage of scientific activity

Species browser

Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.

Photo of Capsicum annuum fruits