Herbarium Senckenbergianum (FR)

The Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/M. (FR) of the Senckenbergische Gesellschaft für Naturforschende Frankfurt/M., founded in 1817, houses more than 1.2 million collections and ranks among the largest herbaria in Germany. Three-quarters of these are phanerogams. The cryptogam collection contains approximately 55,000 ferns, 52,000 lichens, 45,000 mosses, and 7,000 algae. Geographically, the collection is focussed on Hesse and Central Europe, but other regions of the globe are well represented, too. These include Ethiopia, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Japan, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Mid-Atlantic Islands, and the West African Savannah regions (especially Burkina Faso, Bénin, and Nigeria). Since 2009 the Herbarium Senckenbergianum comprises also botanical collections in Görlitz (GLM), Weimar (IQW) and Wilhelmshaven. The fungal herbarium (ca. 40,000 specimens) contains mostly parasitic fungi, many of them in large exsiccata series. The most important collectors are G. Eberle, K. Fuckel, G. J. Herpell, H. Rupprecht and R. Steppan. The lichen herbarium (ca. 78,000 specimens) includes the important historical collections of Jakob Adolf Metzler (with many exsiccata series by Anzi, Arnold, Hepp, Nylander) and Ludwig Scriba as well as contemporary collections.
Contacts: Georg Zizka, Director of the Herbarium, georg.zizka@senckenberg.de
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 April 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 102,438 specimen records
  • 40,792 (40%) georeferenced
  • 85,274 (83%) identified to species
  • 331 families
  • 1,253 genera
  • 5,473 species
  • 5,791 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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