Aims and Remits of The Swiss Orchid Foundation
The Swiss Orchid Foundation is responsible for the curation of the
collections and library of Dr. Jany Renz, which is to experience a
continuous care and extension.
Presently, the foundation arranges for making the collections publicly
available as a database on the Internet.
The herbarium of Dr. Jany Renz contains approximately 20'000 meticulously
prepared specimens, collected from the early 1920s up until the late 1990s.
These collections are of exceptionally high quality and value to science.
Furthermore, they include more than 100 type specimens. The herbarium is
registered in the International Index of Herbaria, the
under the acronym "RENZ".
Detailed locality data is not posted on the website, and is removed from the labels
on the specimen images for reasons of conservation and safety of the localities.
Further locality data and full size images with unedited labels can be obtained
The comprehensive library of orchid literature, including over 3'000 books,
numerous reprints and an irreplaceable collection of antique and folio books,
has been catlogued by the
University Library of Basel.
The library is a unique collection which complements the herbarium as a
The living collection currently contains about 1'700 species
(2'400 specimens), and is being actively enlarged. It is amongst
the best collections of orchid species in Europe. At present, the
collection is also scientifically attended by the foundation and its
foundation board member Dr. Phillip Cribb.
The foundation intends to develop the collection and library as an
internationally recognised centre for scientists and horticulturists
through various new projects over the next few years.
The foundation is also involved in the management and care of habitats,
the re-introduction of orchids and conservation projects in the
region around Basel.