BGCI’s PlantSearch database is the only global database of plant taxa in botanic gardens and similar organizations.
In addition to hundreds of living plant collections around the world, PlantSearch includes taxon-level data from gene and seed banks, cryopreserved and tissue culture collections.
PlantSearch is used to measure progress toward Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation by tracking which threatened species are in botanical collections throughout the world. PlantSearch also connects collections directly to conservationists, educators, horticulturists, researchers, policy makers and many others who are working to save and understand plant diversity.
PlantSearch Documentation and Instructions
PlantSearch Upload InstructionsSeed Conservation, Services for Botanic Gardens, Plant Conservation / Video, Tool / English, Spanish
Find out which plants (threatened, rare, alpine, medicinal and more) are maintained in botanical collections around the world, and connect to staff who maintain those species for information, genetic material, images, etc. to support your work. You can find out how many botanical collections report holding each taxon, and contact those gardens by clicking on ‘Send Request’.
Search by scientific name, conservation status, or other parameters such as medicinal and crop wild relative species, and connect to other databases such as Tropicos, IPNI, Google Images, CITES Appendices and many more.
Contribute Your Institution’s Taxa List
Every living collection can make important contributions to plant conservation via PlantSearch:
- It is quick, easy and free.
- Find out the conservation value of your collections, and receive a names audit.
- Connect your collections, staff and facilities to a global botanical community.
- Expand the collective knowledge of plant diversity in cultivation.
To participate, find your institution in GardenSearch, register as a Garden Editor, login to update your institution’s GardenSearch profile and upload a current list of taxa maintained by your institution. For details, see the PlantSearch Upload Instructions.
Please cite any use of PlantSearch data as:
BGCI. [YEAR ACCESSED]. PlantSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at https://tools.bgci.org/plant_search.php.
We do not publicly share locations of species in collections, and allow collections to respond at-will to any PlantSearch requests they receive.
PlantSearch Data Requests
BGCI will make summary PlantSearch data available strictly for scholarly, educational, conservation, and research purposes. If you would like to request PlantSearch data, please send an email to gardens(at)bgci.org with ‘PLANTSEARCH DATA REQUEST’ in the subject line. In your email, please indicate the data you are requesting, along with your Name, Title, Institution and your intended use of the data. BGCI will respond to your request as soon as possible.