A list of 53 species, seeds of which are stored in the Irish threatened plant genebank in trinity College's Botanic Gardens, is given below. Each of the species is either rare (r), endangered (en), vulnerable (v), not threatened (nt) or indeterminate (in) as defined by The Irish Red Data Book (1988). Briefly, using the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat categories (on which the Irish Red Data Book categories were based), endangered defines species that are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future, vulnerable defines species facing a high risk of extinction in the medium-term future, rare defines species with small populations that are not at present endangered or vulnerable but are at risk and indeterminate defines species that are endangered, vulnerable or rare but there is not enough information to say which of these categories is appropriate.
Simply click on the species name to view description, location in Ireland from where the stored seed was collected and, where available, a photo.
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|Species name (common name) (IUCN category)||Species name (common name) (IUCN category)|
|Acinos arvensis (basil thyme) (v)||Liguisticum scoticum (scot's lovage) (r)|
|Asparagus officinalis subsp. prostratus (wild aspargus) (r)||Limosella aquatica (mudwort) (r)|
|Avena strigosa (bristle oat)||Logfia minima (slender cudweed) (r)|
|Campanula trachelium (nettle-leaved bellflower) (v)||Lolium temulentum (darnel) (ex)|
|Carduus nutans (musk thistle) (in)||Lotus subbiflorus (hairy birdsfoot trefoil) (r)|
|Carum verticillatum (whorled carroway)||Mertensia maritima (oyster plant) (r)|
|Colchicum autumnale (meadow saffron) (en)||Oenanthe pimpinelloides (corky-fruited dropwort)(r)|
|Crambe maritima (sea kale) (nt)||Omalotheca sylvatica (heath cudweed) (r)|
|Deschampsia setacea (bog hair grass) (r/v)||Orchis morio (green-winged orchid) (v)|
|Draba incana (hoary whitlowgrass) (r)||Ornithopus perpusillus (birds-foot) (r)|
|Erigeron acer (blue fleabane) (v)||Otanthus maritimus (cottonweed) (en)|
|Eriophorum gracile (slender cottongrass) (r/v)||Potentilla fruticosa (shrubby cinquefoil) (r)|
|Filipendula vulgaris (dropwort) (r)||Prunus padus (bird cherry) (nt)|
|Frangula alnus (alder buckthorn) (r)||Pyrola rotundifolia (round-leaved wintergreen) (v)|
|Galeopsis angustifolia (red hemp nettle) (v)||Rumex maritimus (golden dock) (r)|
|Geranium purpureum (little robin) (v)||Salvia verbenaca (wild clary) (r)|
|Geranium rotundifolium (round-leaved cranesbill) (v)||Sanguisorba officanalis (great burnet) (v)|
|Helianthemum canum (hoary rockrose) (r)||Saxifraga hirculus (marsh saxifrage) (en)|
|Helianthemum nummularium (common rockrose) (r)||Secale cereale (rye)|
|Hordeum secalinum (meadow barley) (v)||Sibthorpia europaea (cornish moneywort) (r)|
|Hyocyamus niger (hen-bane) (r)||Simethis planifolia (kerry lily) (v)|
|Hypericum canadense (Irish St. John's wort) (r)||Spiranthes romanzoffiana (Irish lady's tresses) (r)|
|Hypericum hirsutum (hairy St. John's wort) (v)||Stachys officinalis (betony) (v)|
|Inula salicina (Irish fleabane) (r)||Trifolium glomeratum (clustered clover) (v)|
|Kickxia elatine (sharp-leaved fluellen) (v)||Trifolium subterraneum (subterranean clover) (v)|
|Lamiastrum galeobdolon (yellow archangel) (r)||Trollius europaeus (globe flower) (v)|
|Tuberaria guttata (spotted rock-rose) (r)|
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