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The collections at Herbarium GB holds approximately 1 000 000 specimens, of which ca 195 000 are registered so far and searchable in public databases. These can be found at the following sites:

Sweden’s Virtual Herbarium is a joint collaboration by the largest herbaria in Sweden which offers a searchable database of all registered specimens, some also as images. Our collections mainly comprise vascular plants, bryophytes, fungi, lichens, algae, and slime molds.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) offers access to worldwide biodiversity data, and has records from collections of all groups of organisms as well as of observational data.

JSTOR Global Plants have high-resolution images of all our registered type specimens. This is a result of our participation in the Global Plant Initiative, a worldwide project aiming at increasing the availablity of type specimens through digitization.


Registration of selected groups is taking place since 2006, with financial support from the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative at the Swedish Species Information Centre. Original label data is entered into a local database that is later transferred to the public databases. The type specimens are also scanned as high-resolution images. The digitization equipment is also used for sending digital loans, because often a good image will suffice instead of sending the material away.

Organism groups

Most of the specimens are registered for fungi (ca 88 000 specimens) and slime molds (ca 5 500 specimens). Other groups are only partly registered, as, e.g., 66 000 specimens of vascular plants. From a Nordic perspective, the majority of our collections of pteridophytes, liverworts and macroscopic algae (charophytes, brown algae, and red algae) are registered, and so are selected groups of Nordic and Neotropical flowering plants.

Type specimens

Currently, ca 90% of our types (ca 2 800 specimens) are digitized with label data and high-resolution images. The types of fungi (excluding lichens), bryophytes and slime molds are not yet fully digitized.

Public databases

Type specimen (red algae)

Plant registration

Page Manager: Sven Toresson|Last update: 1/7/2019

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