Millennium Seed Bank statistics
More detailed facts and statistics from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place...
African bamboo ( Oxytenanthera abyssinica), the billionth seed collected by the Millennium Seed Bank Project partner institution in Mali
As at 12th December 2013 the total number of seed collections banked is 68,193.
The total number of plant families represented is 331 and these come from 178 different countries.
The original target of 10% was set for the Millennium Seed Bank Project in the year 2000 when the world's seed-bearing flora was estimated to be 242,000 species, of which we now hold 13.84% . However, it is now thought that there are nearer 300,000 seed-bearing species of which we currently hold 11.16%
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