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Medicinal Plant Names Services

Enabling effective communication in health, regulation and research.

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Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) provides a global nomenclatural indexing and reference resource enabling health professionals and researchers to access information about plants and plant products relevant to pharmacological research, health regulation, traditional medicine and functional foods. The MPNS Resource is also used to provide a suite of information services.

Why is MPNS needed?

Organisations and individuals often use different names for the same plant. Professionals working in the health and research sectors, for example, as well as those in the herbal or pharmaceutical industries, all need to access information about plants and to communicate accurately and effectively about them.

Medicinal plants are used globally and are known by different names in different communities, health traditions, generations and languages. The same name can also be applied to different species. Thus, to find all information published about a particular plant, and to ensure that you are sharing data about the same species, you need to know all the possible names that have been used, and any possible confusions.

Who does MPNS help?

MPNS is an essential resource for the following audiences:

  • health professionals
  • scientific and health research communities
  • regulators in health, trade and conservation
  • pharmaceutical and herbal industries
  • traditional medicine practitioners
  • publishers and journal editors
  • those managing plant information resources
  • general public

What does MPNS offer?

  • an online portal providing access to medicinal plant data and medical citations using any pharmaceutical, drug, common or scientific plant name;
  • validate your plant names, offering current taxonomy, full synonymy and links to Kew’s plant data;
  • map your plant names to those of other organisations or publications;
  • data for use in your own system;
  • web services to regularly refresh plant names data;
  • training and advice re: best practice, workflows and systems design.

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Services we offer

MPNS offers a range of information services based on our unique global and authoritative resources and on the expertise of staff at Kew.

The MPNS Resource

Read a detailed description of the current version of the Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) Resource.

References within the MPNS Resource

A list of medicinal plant references that are indexed in the Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) Resource, organised by region.

How to use the portal

Welcome to this guide to using the MPNS portal, which provides an overview of the portal's main functionalities.



Find out more information about the partners of MPNS here.

Get involved

Medicinal Plant Names Services is looking for interested organisations and individuals to join the User Group or to work with us as Partners.

Contact us

For further information about any aspect of Medicinal Plant Names Services, please contact us at:

Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE, UK 

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