We need plants and fungi for our very existence. They clean the air that we breathe and provide us with food, materials and medicine. Explore the influence plants have had on society and the impact humans are having on plant life.
Post your photos here and ask questions about British plants, from seaweeds to sundews and bluebells to bracken. Museum experts will help identify them for you.
Museum fungi expert Mark Spencer reveals striking examples of fungi that flourish in towns and cities.
A shocking one-in-five plants in the world risk extinction. Explore Museum research that reveals the extinction hotspots.
Help us learn what trees are growing where in the UK by telling us about the ones in your garden and neighbourhood.
Take a walk along the coast and help us monitor the effects of climate change and invasive species on the UK's seaweeds.
Find out about Britain's favourite flower. Is our native bluebell species threatened by breeding with non-native bluebells? Find out what the results of the Museum's annual bluebell survey show.
Watch our video about the deceitful bee orchid and discover the impressive strategies some plants have evolved to encourage insects to pollinate them.
Explore the amazing diversity of lichens and find out why they are the canaries of the fungal world.
Watch the video to find out what the golden shield lichen, and others, can tell us about the air quality in our local areas.
Use this interactive guide to help you identify lichens on twigs in your local area. Lichens are very sensitive to pollution so they are a good guide to the health of the environment where you live.
Discover how Jamaican plants were used in Sloane's time and compare their modern day uses. Can you help us find out more about them?
Plants have been used to treat illnesses and ailments for centuries. Pass on the knowledge and let us know your herbal remedies.
People rely on plants for far more than foodstuffs. Explore the fascinating history of cultivation and its impacts on society today.
How have trees managed to evolve into 80,000 species, from tiny arctic willows to giant redwoods? Discover the secrets of their success.
Explore the incredible diversity of this amazing plant family, including potatoes, tomatoes and a host of other important fruit crops.
The Museum cares for over 6 million plant specimens. Watch this video to find out about the process of mounting plant specimens for inclusion in the Museum’s collections.
Zoom in on stunning magnified images of diatoms.