200-year-old plants, ferns, mushrooms and mosses, fruits, seeds and woods from over 10,000 plant species from Europe, South America, India and Africa. Medicinal herbs, medicinal and aromatic plants and an ancient strangler fig from the tropical rainforest of Cameroon. Refined raw materials such as coffee, cocoa and rubber, oil fruits, jute and tobacco, as well as a living collection of several hundred strains of microalgae, which are regarded as aquatic precursors of land plants.
With over 1.8 million plant specimens, the Herbarium Hamburgense is one of the largest herbariums in Germany. Among them are 50,000 so-called types (original specimens) from tropical areas such as Brazil, Borneo, India, Australia and from the former German colonies in Africa, from the Pacific islands and from Germany.
The approximately 25-hectare outdoor area of the Botanical Garden of the Universität Hamburg (Loki-Schmidt-Garten) has been located in Klein Flottbek in the west of Hamburg since 1979. The show greenhouses of the Botanical Garden are located near the Dammtor, where the garden was founded in 1821.
In the Loki-Schmidt-House Economic plant museum, the diversity and significance of the use of plant resources is made comprehensible and graspable for young and old visitors. Products from economic plants, which we encounter every day, can be discovered.
The Microalgae and Zygnematophyceae Collection Hamburg (MZCH) focuses on over 550 strains of microalgae, in particular Zygnematophyceae, with isolates from various global sites. MZCH serves as a scientific reference collection for work on the evolution of microalgae and their physiological adaptation to extreme sites.