The Singapore Herbarium (international acronym SING) houses a main collection of about 750,000 herbarium specimens, as well as a supporting spirit collection. The Herbarium collections mainly include materials from the Malesian region (Peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea) and adjacent areas (East Asia, mainland SE Asia, the Southwest Pacific), with the most extensive collections from Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia dating from the 1880s. Out of these, about 8000 are type specimens.

The Herbarium sends material on loan and exchange only to recognized botanical institutions (see Index Herbariorum), both locally and abroad.

Current taxonomic and systematic research in the Herbarium focuses on the Apocynaceae-Rauvolfioideae, Apocynaceae-Apocynoideae and Gesneriaceae (Dr David Middleton), Leguminosae (Dr Ho Boon Chuan), Orchidaceae (Dr Hubert Kurzweil), Zingiberaceae (Dr Jana Leong-Skornickova), Rubiaceae (Mr Low Yee Wen), Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae (Dr Michele Rodda), Gentianaceae, Rubiaceae and the Poaceae-Bambusoideae (bamboos) (Dr K.M. Wong).

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Site contents managed by: Serena Lee, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Last update: 12 Aug 2014.

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This online service provides access to herbarium specimen data and images at the Singapore Herbarium (SING).

Entries in the SING Herbarium Database may not be free from error and is to be used with discretion. Please forward us your determinations and notify us of any error that you may find in this dataset. Do note that not all specimens have been databased.

The database is updated annually and we are currently scanning all our type specimens at a higher resolution to better serve your research needs.

The Herbarium uses the Botanical Research and Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS) to computerize plant collection data. Data and images are published online using BRAHMS WebConnect.

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