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Introduction to IBSC

       The herbarium of the South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBSC), was established in 1927. As one of the three largest and most prestigious herbaria in China, IBSC has a collection of more than one million vascular plant specimens, including about 7,000 type specimens. Research programmes at IBSC cover taxonomic and evolutionary studies on mosses and vascular plants, the conservation of the rare and endangered species in tropical and subtropical areas. The first English language botanical journal of China, Sunyatsenia, the first local flora, Flora of Guangzhou were published by IBSC in 1930 and 1956 respectively. IBSC also finished compiling 27 volumes of Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae. In order to meet the needs of development in science and society, we have been digitalizing all of our collections. With the complement of the new wing of the herbarium in 2003, the total deposit area equals to 5600 M2 which makes a solid base for the further development of this herbarium.

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