The Museum's collection of algae is one of the largest in the world, with more than a quarter of a million specimens from around the globe. These account for about five per cent of the botanical collections.
The algal collections number around 300,000 specimens of red, green and brown seaweeds, freshwater algae including charophytes, cyanobacteria, euglenophytes and xanthophytes.
The algal collections include:
Diatoms are curated separately. See diatom collections for more information.
Find out how each type of algae is represented in our collections.
Discover how specimens are curated in the algal herbaria.
Find out about visiting the algae collections and who to contact.
Details of the numbers of red, brown, green and other algal specimens held by the Museum.
Databasing of the algal collections is linked to collections management procedures such as loans and acquisitions.
The algal herbarium includes many important historical and modern contributions.