Oxford University Herbaria and Xylarium

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Established in 1621, Oxford University Herbaria includes the oldest herbarium in the United Kingdom and is the fourth oldest herbarium in the world. Collectively, the herbaria hold approximately 1,000,000 botanical specimens (including at least 35,000 types) from across all taxonomic groups and geographic regions.

As well as being home to specimens, books, manuscripts and illustrations of historical importance, the herbaria host modern research programmes investigating plant systematics, together with theoretical and empirical work on systematic methods, phylogenetics and macroevolution. The herbaria are also at the forefront of developing and implementing methods to capture and document botanical data, as well as analysing patterns of global plant diversity.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

By appt only

Admission charges

Please see website for further details.

The collections of Oxford University Herbaria comprise three separate Herbaria:

Fielding-Druce Herbarium - Worldwide (especially British material) collection of angiosperms and gymnosperms, together with the historic herbaria (pre-1796) and collections of lichens, liverworts, mosses, ferns, algae and fungi.

Daubeny Herbarium - Worldwide collection of angiosperms and gymnosperms, especially rich in African woody material.

Xylarium - Worldwide collection of angiosperms and gymnosperm wood, especially rich in species from former British Colonies.

Collection details

Archives, Natural Sciences

Oxford University Herbaria and Xylarium
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Oxford
South Parks Road






Rare Book Collection



01865 275 006/020


01865 275 074

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