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Global Plants ( is a database of plant type specimens, reference works, and primary sources (diaries, correspondence, illustrations, photographs) and is an essential resource for research in botany, ecology, and conservation studies.

Global Plants holds nearly 3 million specimens and other plants materials

2018 YTD objects added total 18,660

2017 added 19,035 objects

2016 added 170,000+ specimens and 4,700 related objects

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About Global Plants

The Global Plants database contains more than two million high-resolution type specimens, and this number continues to grow. Partner-contributed reference works and primary sources, such as collectors’ correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs, are also housed in Global Plants. Highlights include reference works and books such as The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa and Flowering Plants of South Africa; illustrations from Curtis's Botanical Magazine; and Kew’s Directors' Correspondence comprising handwritten letters and memoranda from the senior staff of Kew from 1841 to 1928.

What's new with Global Plants?

Recently added collections include:

  • Drawings of the Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain, by M. Sessé, V. Cervantes & M. Mociño (1787-1803) 
  • Engravings for Flora Peruviana et Chilensis by Hipólito Ruiz & José Pavón (1792-1822) 
  • Fruits, seeds and barks from the Royal Botanical Expedition to the Viceroyalty of Peru, by Hipólito Ruiz & José Pavón (1777-1816) 
  • Botanische Staatssammlung München Artwork - Water Colours of Fungi by Fritz Wohlfarth
    Dr. Fritz Wohlfarth (1906–2005) studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany) and obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry. For many years he worked as a field sales representative for a varnish company in Munich. During his tours around Germany and adjacent countries, he collected fresh plant and fungal material and pursued his passion of painting nature, a major interest that he continued after his retirement in the 1970s. 
  • Botanische Staatssammlung München Artwork - Water Colours of Fungi by Konrad Schieferdecker
    Konrad Schieferdecker (1902–1965) studied geodesy at the College of Agriculture in Berlin. For 40 years, his outstanding personal interest was focused on the study of mycology, botany as well as numismatics and prehistory of the region of Hildesheim. He published a number of scientific contributions on various subjects, including the descriptions of some fungi new to science.
  • Erich Nelson Orchid Illustrations
    Erich Nelson was a German artist, designer, and botanist who specialized in European orchids. His precise and detailed illustrations document characteristics of orchids to such a level of detail as to illustrate the variation within a single species of orchid, which has contributed to an understanding of orchid speciation.
  • Franz Josepf Ruppert Original Drawings of German Orchids
    Franz Joseph Ruppert (1864-1935) was a German pharmacist, plant collector, and botanical illustrator who specialized in German orchids. During his lifetime Ruppert made drawings of all Orchids of Germany, and wrote a number of articles about European Orchids that included some descriptions of new species and varieties.
  • Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana
    Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana is the earliest of the modern Floras, consisting of 10 volumes of hand-coloured engravings of the plants of Greece and Asia Minor, authored by the English botanist John Sipthorp and illustrated by the Austrian botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer.
  • Stirpes Novae
    Stirpes Novae is a flower book published between 1784 and 1785 by the French Linnaean botanist Charles Louis L'Heritier de Brutelle. It contains copper engravings of different plants by the leading botanic artists of the day.

What you can find on Global Plants:

Plant Specimens

Plant Specimens

Plant Photographs

Plant Photographs


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