The Singapore Botanic Gardens Herbarium (international acronym SING) houses a main collection of about 800,000 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 10,000 are type specimens.

The Herbarium uses the Botanical Research and Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS) to computerise the plant collection data. To access images of type specimens held in the Herbarium, please click here. The Herbarium sends material on loan and exchange only to recognised botanical institutions (see Index Herbariorum), both locally and abroad.


Botanical Specialists

Current taxonomic and systematic research in the Herbarium focuses on these plant families:

Researcher  Research Speciality
 Ms Lily M.J. CHEN  Cleomaceae, Loranthaceae, Primulaceae and Naturalised flora
 Dr CHEN Junhao  Annonaceae, Magnoliaceae and Rubiaceae
 Ms CHOO Le Min  Caesalpinioideae (Leguminosae)
 Dr S K GANESAN  Dipterocarpaceae, Malvaceae (Dombeyoideae) and Anacardiaceae
 Dr HO Boon Chuan  Leguminosae and Bryophytes
 Dr Jana LEONG-ŠKORNIČKOVÁ  Asian Zingiberales and Hanguanaceae
 Ms Serena M.L. LEE  Singapore Macro Fungi
 Dr LOW Yee Wen  Myrtaceae (Syzygium) and Rubiaceae
 Dr Ms Louise NEO  Dilleniaceae and Melastomataceae (Melastoma)
 Ms Aireen PHANG  Dioscoreaceae and Sapotaceae (Madhuca and Palaquium)
 Dr Michele RODDA  Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae, Apocynaceae-Periplocoideae, Apocynaceae-Secamonoideae and Urticaceae
 Ms SEAH Wei Wei  Rubiaceae, Burseraceae, and Calophyllaceae
 Dr Daniel C. THOMAS  Annonaceae, Begoniaceae and Lauraceae
 Dr WONG Khoon Meng  Gentianaceae, Rubiaceae and the Poaceae-Bambusoideae (bamboos)



Assistance in Plant Identification*

Locally, the Herbarium plays an important advisory role in identifying both wild and cultivated plant species from Singapore.

For information, please contact either

Ms Bazilah Ibrahim, Manager/Herbarium at     OR

Ms Serena M.L. LEE, Senior Manager/Herbarium at

*Charges apply


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