Plant research

Museum botanists are researching the biodiversity, taxonomy and systematics of plants.

  • Zygodon trichomitrius leaf cells
    Bryophyte research

    Find out about the bryophyte-related research being conducted by Museum botanists, focusing on the exploration, description and monitoring of bryophyte flora in the tropics.

  • Arenal Volcano and vegetation in Costa Rica as seen from Monteverde
    Central America conservation tools

    One aspect of this work is to support the Convention on Biological Diversity by producing conservation tools.

  • A new species of Elatostema from Guangxi, south China
    Urticaceae systematics

    This research concentrates on producing a family level phylogeny and documenting and revising species diversity.

  • Duck potato
    Flora Mesoamericana

    Plant staff are part of an international collaborative effort to catalogue the vascular plant diversity of southern Mexico and Central America.

  • The fern Asplenium x microdon
    Fern research

    Discover the rich history of fern research at the Museum, as well as a wide scope of ongoing projects concerning fern diversity.

  • Solanum whatenii, a Bolivian species described in 2005
    Solanaceae systematics

    Solanum is one of the most species-rich genera of angiosperms. This research project includes descriptive level taxonomy of the many species and also phylogenetic studies.

  • Plants under pressure landscape
    Plants Under Pressure

    A major project to assess how threatened plants are globally is feeding into the IUCN Red List.