Bryophyte collections

The Museum's Bryophyte Herbarium is among the largest in the world, incorporating more than 900,000 specimens.

The majority of the herbaria were accumulated by notable bryologists of the late 18th to early 20th centuries. 

These pioneers of bryophyte taxonomy described thousands of new taxa from every continent and consequently the Museum now holds some 32,000 type specimens.

Further important material acquired more recently includes large collections from: 

  • Malesia
  • India
  • the Seychelles
  • the Mascarenes
  • New Zealand

Many new taxonomic and distributional data have been, and remain to be, revealed through examination of this material.