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Herbarium is a repository of dried, pressed and systematically named plants materials mounted on herbarium sheets of standard size 42 cm X 28 cm bearing detailed data label and stored in an herbarium cabinet systematically for ready reference. It is a library of dried plants arranged in a systematic way for future reference and study. Herbarium is an invaluable conservatory of plant material and data and serves as a fundamental resource for identification, nomenclature and classification of plants. The herbaria greatly aid in all kinds of taxonomic researches and serves as a source for biodiversity collections.

Ever since the inception of Post Graduate Programme in Botany in 1957, Maharajas College Herbarium has started. Currently more than 6000 specimens of angiosperms comprising of 88 families and 681 genera were deposited in herbarium. Apart from angiosperms, herbarium holds specimens from the plant groups such as gymnosperms (72), pteridophytes (286), bryophytes (53), lichens (3000 plus) and algae (247). The specimens include rare collections from 1950s and 1960s which is considered as a treasure material for a student/researcher pursuing plant taxonomy.



Thomas Antony

Head of the  Dept. of Botany

Maharajas’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Tel: +91-9447145252


Dr. Stephen Sequeira

Asst. Professor of Botany

Maharajas’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Tel: +91-9446506999


Email: herbarium@maharajas.ac.in