Seed plant collections
The Museum's three million seed plant specimens represent a unique global resource for the scientific community and society as a whole.
The Museum holds major seed plant collections from around the world and an estimated 110,000 nomenclaturally important type specimens.
For some groups and geographical areas, the collections provide an important time series that can be used to research changes in climate and vegetation.
The seed plant collection contains numerous major collections and important historical collections.
The earliest collections date from the 17th century and following the foundation of the British Museum in 1753 whose natural history collections grew into the Natural History Museum, new material has been continuously added.