Raw Materials Herbarium & Museum


RHMD e-Bulletin Vol.1 No.1 [January-March 2017]


NISCAIR has set up a Herbarium and Museum housing economically important raw materials of plant, animal and mineral origin from India at one place, to cater to the needs of scientists, researchers, industrialists students and the public at large. The Herbarium houses over 8000 specimen of economic and medicinal plants of India and the Museum comprises over 3000 samples of crude-drugs, animal and mineral specimens.

The NISCAIR Herbarium & Museum has been assigned the acronym RHMD (Raw Materials Herbarium & Museum, Delhi) by the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, which appeared in the publiication "Index Herbarium, New York, USA" (1990).

The herbarium provides information on folk-lore, ethnomedicine and traditional medicine and is a source of knowledge for development of new herbal medicines.  

This facility backed up by the Wealth of India publications, is a veritable storehouse of information on the raw materials of India, is useful to students to gain knowledge on economic biology and geology.  Based on this facility and the available expertise, the following services are offered.                                      



Consultancy Services

Under this programme, services are offered in the identification of plants and crude drug samples against payment. Information on plants regarding availability, use, cultivation, export/import data is provided on request. Services on other important aspects of plants, animals and minerals of commercial and industrial uses are also supplied against payment.

For identification of the crude drug, sample(s), about 50 to 100 gm in quantity, may be sent to the contact person as mentioned below, either by post or in person along with the requisite fee. Please visit this link for bank details for ECS/NEFT/RTGS- http://www.niscair.res.in/Downloadables/OM-NISCAIRBankDetails-12Sep16_29Dec16.pdfThe identification charges is Rs. 500/- per crude drug sample and  Rs. 250/- per herbarium specimen. Please send UTR No. with full postal address by e-mail after payment through ECS/NEFT/RTGS to: rhmd@niscair.res.in with cc marked to sunitag@niscair.res.in & somu@niscair.res.in.     

Handbook on Herbaria in India and Neighbouring Countries

NISCAIR has published a Handbook on Herbaria in India and Neighbouring Countries, as a source of reference on repositories of plant wealth of the sub-continent.  This publication is a useful guide for information on the availability of specimens, especially Angiosperms and also special group of plants like Algae, Fungi, Lichens etc. alongwith authentic and rare illustrations.

Field Manual on Herbarium Techniques

Recently NISCAIR has published a book entitled “Field Manual on Herbarium Techniques”. The  book highlights the current approaches for the use of state-of-art technology for collection of plant specimens from various groups of plants, their preservation, identification, nomenclature, methods of documentation of information of plants and management of herbaria and other relevant areas associated with herbarium techniques and research. The book is useful to the persons working as herbarium curators, teachers, scientists, foresters, research scholars, students and those who are interested in setting up herbaria.

Workshop on Herbarium Techniques

A short-term training cum workshop on Herbarium techniques is being offered by NISCAIR to the participants from India as well as SAARC countries annually. The aim of the workshop is to impart current knowledge on scientific methods of plant collection, preservation, identification, nomenclature, techniques for creation of herbarium database, documentation of information on plants, management of herbaria etc. to the participants and to make them aware of the latest developments related to the herbarium techniques. The workshop is targeted to benefit herbarium curators, bioscience teachers of schools, college/university lecturers, scientists from research institutions, research scholars and students and those who are interested in setting up a regional herbaria to house useful plants or other plants  of their locality for educative or research purposes.



The participants of the Workshop on Herbarium Techniques held during 20-25 October, 2008.


Contact Person : Mr. R.S. Jayasomu, email: somu@niscair.res.in