About us

The Botanische Staatssammlung München is part of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (acronym SNSB, that is, the Bavarian Natural History Collections). It offers research facilities and expert advice on plants and fungi based on a collection of 3.4 million herbarium specimens. These specimens represent the holdings of two intercalated herbaria, that of the Botanische Staatssammlung (acronym M) with 3.2 million and that of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (MSB with 200,000 specimens). The SNSB IT Center is located in the Botanische Staatssammlung and acts as a central institutional data repository for the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns.

Our research focuses on flowering plants from Europe, South-East Asia, and South America and on fungi, lichens, and algae worldwide with a number of national and international projects. Research products include taxonomic revisions, floristic projects, vegetation surveys, molecular phylogenetics, and biodiversity informatics. The Botanische Staatssammlung is an active member of the international network of herbaria, and each year we send on loan more than 5,000 specimens.

Botanische Staatssammlung & LMU

The Botanische Staatssammlung is linked to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität through research and teaching and through its director, Gudrun Kadereit, who is on the Faculty of Biology, Section Systematics, Biodiversity & Evolution of Plants. It is also linked to the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg on whose ground the herbarium building is located and to the Bayerische Botanische Gesellschaft (Bavarian Botanical Society) whose library and herbarium we are hosting.

Botany Seminars: A joint seminar of the LMU, Section Systematics, Biodiversity & Evolution of Plants, the Botanische Staatssammlung München and the Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg.

Botany and Mycology in München-Nymphenburg

Die Münchner Herbarien 1813–2013
Die Münchner Herbarien 1813–2013

The booklet (in German) is illustrating themes on history, collections and research focus.


The herbarium of the Bavarian State Collection for Botany is open again by appointment. Our library is currently closed to the public.