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    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 50,000 DNA samples representing over 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 plant and fungal specimens and search the collections online.


Nicholas Hind in herbarium

Herbaria are collections of dried, preserved specimens that document the identity of plants. 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 biodiversity around the world.

About Kew's Herbarium

Herbarium Catalogue


Russula meleagris cap
Kew's Fungarium contains specimens from every part of the globe, and reflects the importance of fungi as providers of food, medicines, enzymes and essential ecosystem services.


About Kew's Fungarium

Search the Kew Mycology Collection

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

Other scientific collections

Processed seed collections from an expedition in Mali, ready for shipping

Discover more about Kew's DNA and Tissue 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.

Search Kew's DNA Bank database

Search the Seed List

More about the Millennium Seed Bank

Adopt a seed

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

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

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Fungi Kingdom

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Millennium Seed Bank

Photo of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

People & data

Montage of scientific activity

Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

Species browser

Photo of Capsicum annuum fruits

Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.