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Herbarium – University of Reading

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  • The Herbarium

    300,000 plant specimens in one place


Established in 1900, the Herbarium has a prestigious collection of plants from around the world. With around 1,000 new specimens being collected every year, we are always at the forefront of botanical studies.

Billy in the herbariumAn extraordinary collection

The University of Reading Herbarium is one of the most impressive collections of plant specimens existing today, with over 300,000 specimens and an impressive collection of botanical artwork to complement them. Anyone involved in the plant sciences will find the Herbarium a vital resource. From a place to learn specialist information and identification skills as an undergraduate to a crucial set of raw materials for postgraduate students and academics, the Herbarium is a great addition to the University's facilities.

Tropical GreenhouseThe Herbarium and the wider community

The Herbarium is a valuable place for people to learn about the world of plants. We regularly run school trips and other activities such as the 'Reading in Bloom' competition which encourages children to learn about botany. The Herbarium also offers an expert plant identification service, for which a charge applies.


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Find out more about the history and collections of the Herbarium.

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