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Swiss Orchid Foundation
at the Herbarium Jany Renz

Dr. Christoph Noelpp
St. Jakobs-Strasse 30
4002 Basel

© 2015 Swiss Orchid Foundation

Botanical Institute
University of Basel


The library is a very comprehensive reference collection of orchid literature providing an excellent research resource. It includes more than 2'000 volumes, amongst them an irreplaceable collection of rare and precious folio books since the late 18th century, many with hand-coloured illustrations. These volumes often contain the original illustrations of orchid species. They are amongst the best examples of the few copies still in existence, and they provide a resource, which is exceptionally rare.

The collection of more modern reference books is complete, and as such it is an exceptionally rare and valuable resource for orchid research. It includes regional floras from all over the world, revisions of genera and groups (often highly illustrated), and many other reference volumes. The entire collection has been catalogued, and is included in the University of Basel library catalogue.

The separata collection, of ca. 5'000 scientific articles on the Orchidaceae, is drawn from numerous sources including a very wide range of scientific journals, and provides an exceptionally rich complementary collection of orchid literature.


Copperplate engraving of Anacamptis pyramidalis (the pyramidal orchid) from one of the collection's oldest books (1795), the Icones Plantarum Helvetiae by Albrecht von Haller Cypripedium calceolus, the native slipper orchid, from the flora of Nice and the Maritime Alps by Jean-Baptiste Barla (1868) Oncidium pectorale from one of the collection's most beautiful books, the Sertum Orchidaceum by John Lindley (1838)