The Botanische Staatssammlung München (M and MSB). Images from: www.botanischestaatssammlung.de
The herbaria M and MSB have long been intercalated and historically belong together. They hold about 3.2 million specimens of plants, lichens, and fungi from around the world, although their collections are particularly representative for the flora of Bavaria and the Alps, vascular plants of Brazil, Chile, Middle Asia and parts of Africa. Practically all material from Brazil is under the responsibility of M, because of its former director Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (17 April 1794 – 13 December 1868).
In October 2014, 5,409 textual records and associated images of specimens collected in Brazil were repatriated and became part of Brazil’s Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi. Most samples were collected during the 19th and early 20th centuries and include material collected by Martius (3,767 samples), Pohl (422), Spruce (250), Sellow (166), Luetzelburg (157), Riedl (114), Krukoff (49), Blanchet (34), and many others.
Over 1,500 samples refer to types, including 361 holotypes, 292 isotypes, and 327 syntypes.
M’s online catalogue of holotypes from Brazil
Check out M’s collection of Brazilian plants at http://www.splink.org.br/index?lang=pt&group=plantas&ts_collectioncode=M&action=search
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