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The vascular plants collection (P) at the Herbarium of the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN - Paris)

Latest version published by MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle on Oct 17, 2019 MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle

The French National Herbarium, estimated at 8 million preserved specimens from around the world, but particularly in France, Francophone Africa, New Caledonia, Madagascar, Southeast Asia, in French Guiana . It also has important collections in light of the history of botany: Tournefort, Jussieu, Lamarck, Adanson, and those of famous travelers as Bonpland, Michaud, Saint-Hilaire, Richard, D'Orbigny etc. The designation at CITES is FR 75A. It publishes Adansonia, a botanical periodical, and journals on the flora of New Caledonia, Madagascar and Comores, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, Cameroon, and Gabon.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 5,491,108 records. 3 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
  • Identification 
  • Identifier
  • Multimedia 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 5,491,108 records in French (592 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (5 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (6 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

The vascular plants collection (P) at the Herbarium of the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN - Paris) Some material digitized by e-ReColNat (ANR-11-INBS-0004)


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: b5cdf794-8fa4-4a85-8b26-755d087bf531.  MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF France.


Occurrence; Specimen; Plants; Vascular; Tracheophytes; Pteridophyta; Angiosperm; Botany; Taxonomy; Specimens; Collections; Types


Who created the resource:


Who can answer questions about the resource:

Marc Pignal

Who filled in the metadata:

Simon Chagnoux

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Serge Muller
Content Provider
Marc Jeanson

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Le Bras, G., Pignal, M., Jeanson, M. L., Muller, S., Aupic, C., Carré, B., … Haevermans, T. (2017, February 14). The French Muséum national d’histoire naturelle vascular plant herbarium collection dataset. Scientific Data. Springer Nature.

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