From biodiversity hotspots around the world to a collection of approximately 2 million specimens, our department seeks to discover, document, and protect Earth's incredible diversity of land plants. 

The slopes of Colombia, China's Yunnan Province, the plateau forests of Madagascar, the fields of California—Academy botanists travel the world to discover new species, collect plants for our herbarium, and contribute to our extensive botany database, which currently contains records for approximately 140,000 specimens.

With a history of pioneering action that began in 1893 with botany curator Alice Eastwood, today's department is a robust collection of leading researchers, scientists, fellows, and students. Our resources include a 2 million-specimen collection containing more than 11,000 types, as well as the John T. Howell Botanical Laboratory.  

 

A magnolia herbarium specimen

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Projects

Learn more about our department's areas of focus—active, ongoing research that seeks to answer some of the biggest questions in the field.

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Bryophytes of Kauai

Expeditions

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Botany staff in the Philippines 2014

Staff

bet36体育在线真的吗Our researchers discover new species, explore evolutionary relationships, and address important questions about biogeography and biodiversity.

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Department History

Learn more about our department's century and a half of scientific history.

Frequently Asked Questions

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California Wildflowers Database

bet36体育在线真的吗Search our popular California Wildflowers database by color, or by common, Latin, or family name. 

Phyllodoce breweri (Mountain heather)
Contact Us

Collections inquiries:
Senior Collections Manager
Debra Trock
dtrock@lehilender.com
(415) 379-5363