Botany - Cryptogams

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Electronic database

Short Description

The collection of cryptogams at the NHM Vienna, Department of Botany archives an estimated 1.5-2 million specimens of algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, horn-, and liverworts. The general herbarium contains the majority of objects. Due to their enormous importance for science, the collection of type specimens is stored separately. Other key collections kept separately are those of A. Grunow (diatoms), F. Petrak (fungi), A. Zahlbruckner (lichens), E. von Friedrichsthal and J.B.W. Lindenberg (liverworts), J. Baumgartner and V. Schiffner (mosses). The cryptogam herbarium archives a broad variety of objects: For example, Grunow’s diatom collection includes his accession books, samples of diatomaceous earth, drawings, microscope 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