Bhutan National Herbarium (THIM-NBC)

Bhutan is a small, landlocked country with an area of 38,394 km2 situated on the southern slope of the Eastern Himalayas. Straddling the two major Indo-Malayan and Palearctic biogeographic realms, Bhutan is part of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot and contains 23 Important Bird Areas (IBA), 8 ecoregions, a number of Important Plant Areas (IPA) and wetlands, including two Ramsar Sites. The diverse ecosystems and eco-floristic zones have made Bhutan home to a wide array of flora and fauna.

This collection is an assemblage of specimen records from Bhutan but not currently accessible through the National Biodiversity Centre National Herbarium as well as the collection held in Bhutan. The National Herbarium was initiated by the Department of Forests and Parks Services in conjunction with the Flora of Bhutan Project in the mid 1970s. In 1987 the herbarium was moved to Taba and housed with the forest research library under the Forest Research Division. With the establishment of National Biodiversity Centre in 1999, the herbarium was relocated to the present location at Serbithang. The new herbarium building at Serbithang was completed in 2002, with funding support from Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). Currently, the herbarium houses more than 13,000 herbarium specimens of Angiosperms, Gymnosperms, Pteridophytes (+1500), Fungi, Lichens and Byrophytes (+600).

Contact: Rinchen Yangzom (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 May 2017
Rights Holder: Royal Government of Bhutan
National Herbarium
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Post Box 875
Serbithang, Thimphu   
Collection Statistics:
  • 11544 specimen records
  • 6634 (57%) georeferenced
  • 2 (0.02%) with images
  • 2724 (24%) identified to species
  • 335 families
  • 728 genera
  • 1076 species
  • 1077 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
  • 77 type specimens
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Development of the Consortium of Pacific Herbaria and several of the specimen databases have been supported by National Science Foundation Grants (BRC 1057303, ADBC 1304924 and ADBC1115116). Data Usage Policy. Copyright © 2015 University of Hawai‘i.

How to Cite: M.B. Thomas, J.F. Rock Herbarium, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2015. Consortium of Pacific Herbaria Database (CPH). Available from: (date accessed)

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