The Natural History Museum holds both seed plant, seed and pollen collections.
The seed plant collections consist of:
The seed collection consist of two series:
The collections also include specimens that are unincorporated into main collections (backlogs). Built up over many years, these total around 300,000 specimens.
Curators are currently working to improve the storage standards and accessibility of these collections.
As part of a major international project to database and image type specimens, our seed plant type specimens are being databased and scanned. These digital images will be available online.
There is also an outstanding palynological slide collection. All major vascular plant groups are represented, with a particular focus on angiosperms and pteridophytes of Quaternary importance.