The Fungarium is where Kew keeps is specimens of fungi, all dried and laid out like herbarium specimens.
John Hinton sings possibly the only song ever written about taxonomy and type specimens.
In a tour lasting a couple of hours it is impossible to get a handle on the sheer volume of botanical wealth held in the Oxford University herbaria
The herbarium contains around 2,500 specimens preserved in alcohol – the spirit collection.
Private herbaria used to be very popular, but today they have mostly been merged into public collections.
Today I have some more beautiful specimens to show you from the Oxford University Herbaria.