The Economic Botany Collection holds about 95,000 objects. These include raw plant materials and artefacts representing all aspects of craft and daily life worldwide, including medicines, textiles, basketry, dyes, gums and resins, foods, and woods. All plant uses and most parts of the world are represented, with an emphasis on the former British Empire. Most specimens date to the period 1847 to 1930, but about 1,000 specimens are still added each year. These web pages highlight just a few of the strengths of the Collection.
Search Kew’s Economic Botany Database for further information about the objects in the collection. The database includes about 2,000 images, and information on the donor, collector, plant parts, uses and geographical location.