Botany - Cryptogams

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Short Description

The collection of cryptogams at the NHM Vienna, Department of Botany has an estimated 1.5-2 million specimens of algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, horn- and liverworts. The general herbarium contain the majority of objects. The collection of type specimens is stored in cupboards of its own, due to its enormous importance for science. Other imporant collections kept separately are those of A. Grunow (diatoms), F. Petrak (fungi), A. Zahlbruckner (lichens), E. von Friedrichsthal und J.B.W. Lindenberg (liverworts), J. Baumgartner and V. Schiffner (mosses). The cryptogams herbarium is composed of a variety of objects - Grunows diatom collection alone includes raw material like kieselguhr, technical drawings, microscopic slides and annotated literature.

Contact Person

Dr. Tanja Schuster

Research Services

Taxonomic identifications possible upon request
Tissue samples for DNA analyses available for research projects with cooperation partners

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

For necessary investigation of microscopic features several high end microscopes including imaging software are on site.

Allocation to Core Facility

Department of Botany, Natural History Museum Vienna

Access for scientists during office hours (Mo-Fr, 9-16) subject to agreement