The Natural History Museum’s plant collections comprise an estimated 6 million specimens of:
bryophytes / ferns / seed plants / slime moulds
The collections are worldwide in origin with around 10% from the British Isles.
They span a period from the 17th century to the present and include a number of historically important collections such as those of:
Sir Hans Sloane / Sir Joseph Banks / Charles Darwin
The collections continue to grow and develop, with recent collecting efforts focused on supporting current research projects.