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Herbarium and Library of African Botany

The unit is part of the Organismic Biology Department. Its own staff is limited as it works in close collaboration with different research units in the Department.The unit keeps a unique scientific patrimony. This includes the herbarium of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (dry herbarium: 300.000 sheets, spirit collection of orchids, silicagel collection) and a library. This represents the heritage of more than 60 y expertise in African botany at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.The unit supports research in biodiversity of tropical regions of several research unit at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.More than 120 articles citing collections kept at BRLU have been published  in international journals in the last 10 years. The collection is one of the most significant worldwide for DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Orchids of WC Africa.The acronym of the herbarium in the Index Herbariorum is BRLU. (


Systematics and biogeography of African Orchids

Since 1997 the unit has conducted research on African Orchidaceae. More specifically, the unit focuses on taxonomy, evolution, phytogeography and ecology of Central African Orchids, more especially epiphytic species. Many species have been successfully cultivated in Africa in order to gather information on flowers. For a photograph database see: