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Compton Herbarium, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Western Cape.

Founded in 1937 by Professor R H Compton, it is the second largest herbarium in Southern Africa, with 500000 specimens, mainly from the winter rainfall region. There are many valuable specimens from other parts of the world a well. Collections consist of pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms only. The marine algal collection was recently donated to the University of Natal, the fungi to the National Mycological Herbarium in Pretoria and the lichens and bryophytes to the National Herbarium in Pretoria.   Collections are housed in a modern building in the research complex at Kirstenbosch. An identification service is provided for southern African angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophyta as well as cultivated exotics and weeds.  Staff do not identify lower plant groups like bryophytes, algae, lichens or fungi. AACompton

Contct:            Private Bag X7 Claremont 7735
+27 (21) 799 8800 telephone
+27 (21) 761 4151 fax

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