Plant Collections Databases

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Botanic Garden Conservation International

Search more than 575,000 records from lists of living collections submitted by botanical gardens around the world. Records include information on threat status; nomenclature; and bibliographic information is provided through a link to the TROPICOS database maintained by the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Chicago Botanic Gardens and Partners Organizations

A portal to search plant records originating from different database systems across many institutions.

Photograph of two mangoes. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has more than 10,000 plants from around the world in the collection. Of special interest is the recent plant exploration trip to Papua New Guinea, by Dr. Susan Pell, to explore the evoulutionary relationships of plants in the cashew family (Anacardiaceae).

Flowers in Greenhouse Chicago Botanic Garden Collection

Chicago Botanical Garden

The Chicago Botanical Garden has general and specialized collections which offer depth and breadth within 19 selected genera. Specialty collections are important nationally because of their scope. Secondary collections have regional significance because they exhibit depth within taxa broadly adapted to conditions in the Midwestern United States.

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Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1851, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operating garden in the United States. The garden focuses on areas rich in biodiversity yet threatened by habitat destruction.

Germplasm Resources Information Network Logo National Plant Germplasm System

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

The National Plant Germplasm System holds accessions for more than 13,000 species in 2,158 genera and 236 families. The accessions are maintained in a national network of repositories.

Iris, Special Collections of the National Agricultural Library New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden

Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden is listed as a National Historic Landmark, and the largest city botanical garden in the United States. The collections include more than one million plants.

Trees in the Deschutes National Forest The Arnold Arboretum

Harvard University

Arnold Arboretum is the oldest public arboretum in North America. Founded in 1872, the Arboretum collects trees, shrubs, and vines from around the world. As of 2007 the collection includes more than 15,000 indvidual plants, many of the accessions are of historical and botanical importance.

Forest University of California Arboretum

University of California, Davis

The Arboretum maintains records on each plant in the collection including: scientific and common names; source information; proprogation methods; and geographic range for the species. The Arboretum maintains a Geographic Information System (GIS) and digital maps linked to the plant records.