Index Seminum Page (2021 update)

As the UK has left the EU and with the resulting increase in costs for issuing Phytosanitary Certificates and inspections we regret we are unable to participate with the International Plant Exchange Network Index Seminum programme in the normal way

We are hopeful that exemptions or assistance to cover the cost may eventually be forthcoming but at the moment 29/01/21, the Index Seminum is open to UK Gardens only




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Terms and Conditions of Use

Seed and spores, hereafter referred to as ‘items’, are supplied on the condition that they are cultivated for the common good, benefiting areas of conservation, display, education and scientific research within botanical gardens and research institutions.

Please Note: We are limiting the numbers this year to 20 items per batch.

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Any commercial use or transfer of items, including its products or derived resources, to a third party with commercial intentions will require the permission of Glasgow Botanic Gardens (the Gardens) and a separate agreement.

All items listed are subject to terms and conditions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1975) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (1992). It is expected that botanic gardens and research institutions acquiring plant material from the Gardens will also act in the spirit of the aforementioned conventions. Terms and conditions assigned to an item by the original source may also apply.

Items are the result of open and controlled pollination therefore hybridisation may have occurred. The Gardens cannot guarantee items are verified.

The following order form utilises botanical nomenclature which is consistent with our collections at the Gardens and The Plant List.

The names in brackets represent the original source of the plant and more details on the provenance can be ascertained by requesting source information relating to the IPEN number. All of the seed on the2019/2020 list is collected at Glasgow from plants of Garden Origin.

Botanical gardens and research institutes requesting material must be either members of the International Plant Exchange Network (IPEN), and utilise items in accordance with the IPEN Code of Conduct (2003).

(If you are not a registered member of IPEN then you must complete the agreement on the supply of living plant material for non-commercial purposes leaving the Network. The IPEN form is available by clicking here and completed agreements can be submitted to andrew.sinclair2[at]

Please note that the submission of forms/requests does not represent a contract to supply.

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Index Seminum 2020/2021

  • Your institute must be registered with the International Plant Exchange (IPEN) Network to participate
  • An appropriate email address for communication about Index Seminum
    I agree to abide by the terms and conditions and the IPEN Code of Conduct as stated below. In response to the International Convention on Biological Diversity, the seeds are supplied to other botanical gardens and research institutions on the following conditions: 1) The seeds will be used for the common good in the areas of research, education, conservation and the development of botanical gardens; 2) Information on the material will be appropriately stored and the connection between the information and the material will be maintained; 3) If scientific publications are produced on the plant material provided, the origin of the material must be cited. In addition, the garden would expect to receive a copy of these publications. 4) Permission must be sought from the garden if the recipient seeks to commercialise either the genetic material, its products or research derived from it. Such commercialisation will be subject to the conditions of a separate agreement with the country of origin.