Please enter a NAME to search the MPNS resource:

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Search the portal using either scientific or non-scientific names e.g.:

  • "chamomile" (a common name)
  • "Chamaemelum nobile" (a scientific binomial)
  • "Chamaemelum" (the name of the genus)
  • "Chamomillae" (part of a pharmaceutical name)
  • "Anthemis nobilis" (a scientific synonym)

The MPNS Resource

A global resource covering the alternative scientific, pharmaceutical, trade and common names used for plants and herbal substances reported to have a medicinal use.

New versions appear regularly as new plants and publications are added and data edited to reflect advances in plant taxonomy.

A successful search will return

  • a list of medicinal plants associated with your search term
  • the medicinal plant references in which your term is found
  • all known alternative names for these plants
  • onward links to external databases

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Try our FAQ to find out more or if you’re not getting the answer you expected.

See How to Use the MPNS Portal for full guidance on navigating the portal and interpreting results.


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The MPNS initiative is supported by Kew and has benefitted from grants from the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Charitable Trust. We also acknowledge the insights, data and feedback from our partners and user group. 

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