Our country disposes of one of the richest and most interesting floras of Europe. Its geographical position, being a crossroads between three continents, its geological history, its geomorphology and special climatic conditions make it a true botanical paradise. Ever since its foundation, in 1964, the Museum has given priority to the study of the Greek flora. The aim was to register the biodiversity of the Greek flora and to create a collection that would provide the basis for any study on Greek plants. The herbarium of the department initially included the collection of Konstantinos Goulimis with 24,000 samples he donated to the museum.
With the guidance of distinguished botanists was formed the collection group that assumed the task of collection all over the Greek geographical space. The museum’s collections are also enriched through donations and exchanges. Apart from field works, the department’s activities include classification, registration, conservation and study of a large number of vegetablesamples. Today, collections number more than 80,000 samples and are extremely significant for the classification study of flora of Greeceand of the Balkan Peninsula. They are avaluable national capital, the country’s databanks, the basis for any scientific research and application in the sectors of environmental policy, agriculture and forestry. The samples of the collections are the material from which various results may be drawn on contemporary as well as past natural environment.
In addition, they provide an excellent tool for the development of publishing and educational activities.
The database of the Botanical collection includes the data of over 70.000 specimens. These specimens are higher plants (ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms) from the Greek territory. The database also includes digital photos for 3500 of these specimens.
Head of Department: Dionysios Mermygkas
Goulandris Natural History Museum
100, Othonos St. Kifissia, GR 145 62, Greece
Phone: 0030 210 8015870 (int. 507)
Dionysios Mermygkas is an Environmentalist, graduate of the University of the Aegean. He is in charge of the Botanical Department of the Goulandris Museum, of which he has been a member since 2002. His interests and his scientific work are focused on Systematic Botany and Phytosociology. He has worked in many projects related to the study and protection of the Greek flora, the monitoring of the Natura network habitats, the Greek wetlands, specific environmental studies etc. In the framework of his work at the Museum, he curates the Herbarium of the Museum, manages its digital database and supports the Museum’s educational, exhibition and research work.