Index Seminum

Notice: new Index Seminum 2020 will be available in January 2020

  • Seeds from this Index Seminum are not on sale but are available, on an exchange basis, exclusively for scientific, educational, and nature conservation purposes. Progeny raised from these seeds may not be used to generate commercial profit without prior written permission from the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, which will not be granted unless equitable sharing of benefits with the countries of wild origin, under the terms and in the spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity, is secured. Seeds or their progeny passed on to third parties must be vinculated to the same conditions.
  • By ordering seeds or other plant material from the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, the recipient accepts and pledges to respect the above conditions.
  • Please indicate your orders on the enclosed order form. Please take note of the Convention on the exchange of plant material on the Desiderata and sign this form. Otherwise, we cannot send you seeds.
  • The nomenclature of the European and Mediterranean plants follows as far as published Greuter & al., Med-Checklist 1, 3 & 4 (Genève 1984-1989), otherwise Tutin & al., Flora Europaea 1-5 (Cambridge 1968-1993) or other regional critical floras. Author citations (until 1998 following Draft Index of Author Abbreviations..., Kew 1980) from 1999 onward follow with few exceptions the standard list of Brummitt & Powell (Authors of Plant Names, Kew 1992).
  • Please report to us any misidentifications.
  • Hybridization is not impossible in seeds collected in the garden.
  • In accordance with our international commitments we kindly ask you to include with your order a written and signed statement of agreement with the above conditions.


Send your orders with indication of sample number and with your current mailing address to: Mail@Dahlemer Saatgutbank or

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Zentraleinrichtung Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum
Dahlem Seed Bank 

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