The Herbarium

The Department has a significant herbarium collection, mainly of specimens collected in the late 19th and early to mid 20th century, mostly from the British Isles. The  collection is divided into four sections: vascular plants, bryophytes, charophytes and fungi.

Vascular plants

British Isles - the collection comprises over 2000 species (in excess of 15,000 specimens) the majority of which were collected before 1920.

Europe (mainly Scandinavia but also includes specimens from other high latitude countries such as Greenland and Newfoundland) - this collection is much smaller with around 700 species.


There is an almost complete collection of British charophytes.


The collection contains approximately 250 species, some dating back to the middle of the 20th century.


The collection contains over 800 species of micro-fungi particularly anamorphic and teleomorphic Ascomycotina, many collected by the late Professor John Webster.

Researchers wishing to enquire about using the Herbarium should contact the APS Office in the in the first instance.