Our moss collection has experienced marked growth since WWII. Its focus is mainly on the former state of Baden. Important collectors are C.C. Gmelin, A. Braun, K. Müller (liverworts), v. Stengel, G. Philippi, R. Düll. Some vouchers also come from other countries.

In recent decades the moss collection was greatly expanded by G. Philippi, and it now comprises ca. 60.000 vouchers. A special focus is on Sphagnum mosses (A. Hölzer / >15.000 capsules), which complements the paleoecological research on peat swamps. Efforts have been made to cover the variability of mosses by location. When analyzing plant remains of peat, usually only fragments are available. Their identification to species requires great experience.

The long history of moss collection at the SMNK has resulted in important publications, i.e. the volume "Moose Baden-Württembergs" (2005) and the book "Torfmoose Südwestdeutschlands und der Nachbargebiete" (2010).

Curator in charge

View of the collection of Sphagnum mosses
Individual specimen