Oxford University Herbaria and Xylarium

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Department of Plant Sciences University of Oxford South Parks Road

  • Phone: 01865 275 006/020

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

By appt only


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Facilities and services


  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Study facilities


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Specialist publications on collections available

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