The Herbarium collection holds an estimated three million specimens representing half to two thirds of the world's flora.
The Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh holds around 3 million specimens of plants and fungi from across the world and covers a time-span of over 300 years. The oldest specimen dates from 1697. We receive up to 30,000 specimens each year. The more recent specimens reflect the taxonomic and geographic focus of researchers and collectors at the RBGE over the past hundred years.