Since 2003, Rare Care has added more than 100 species of rare native plants to the seed vault. In 2010, for example, 23 collections were added to the vault representing nearly 800 new accessions. The collections represented 18 species, 13 of which were new to the seed bank. Collections were contributed by Rare Care staff and volunteers as well as by botanists from public agencies and non-profit organizations.

Read Rare Care’s latest Seed Collecting Annual Report.

Dryas drummondii var. drummondii (yellow mountain-avens) going to seed
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Dryas drummondii var. drummondii (yellow mountain-avens) going to seed

Species in the Seed Vault (with select images)

Seeds from the following species are stored in the Miller Seed Vault for species protection research purposes and, possibly, future restoration projects. These seeds are not available for purchase or distribution.

In cases where taxon names are linked, click on the link to view an image of seeds, plants in fruit, plants after seed dispersal, etc.

Agoseris elata
Allium constrictum
Anemone patens
ssp. multifida (Anemone nuttalliana)
Artemisia campestris
var. wormskioldii
Astragalus arrectus

Astragalus australis var. cottonii
Astragalus columbianus
Astragalus geyeri
Astragalus microcystis
Astragalus misellus var. pauper
Astragalus pulsiferae var. suksdorfii
Astragalus sinuatus
Calochortus longebarbatus
var. longebarbatus
Campanula lasiocarpa
Carex circinata
Carex comosa
Carex flava
Carex macrochaeta
Carex pauciflora
Carex pluriflora
Carex proposita
Cassiope lycopodioides
Castilleja cryptantha
Castilleja levisecta
Castilleja victoriae
Chaenactis ramosa
Chaenactis thompsonii

Cimicifuga elata
Coptis aspleniifolia
Crassula connata
Cryptantha leucophaea
Cryptantha spiculifera
Cypripedium fasciculatum
Cusickiella douglasii
Delphinium viridescens
Draba aurea
Dryas drummondii
Eremothera pygmaea (Camissonia pygmaea)
Erigeron basalticus
Erigeron howellii
Erigeron piperianus
Erigeron salishii
Eriogonum codium
Eriophorum viridicarinatum

Eritrichium nanum var. elongatum
Eryngium petiolatum
Erythranthe pulsiferae (Mimulus pulsiferae)
Erythronium quinaultense
Erythronium revolutum
Euonymus occidentalis
Eurybia merita
Fritillaria camschatcensis
Gentiana douglasiana

Geum rossii var. depressum
Hackelia cinerea
Hackelia diffusa var. diffusa
Hackelia hispida var. disjuncta
Hackelia sp. novum (Hackelia taylorii)
Hackelia venusta
Heterotheca oregona
Iliamna longisepala
Lathyrus torreyi
Lathyrus vestitus
spp. bolanderi
Lomatium bradshawii
Lomatium laevigatum
Lomatium thompsonii

Lomatium tuberosum
Lupinus oreganus
Lupinus sulphureus
var. kincaidii
Luzula arcuata ssp. unalaschcensis
Meconella oregana
Microseris borealis
Minuartia nuttallii ssp. fragilis
Myosurus clavicaulis
Nicotiana attenuata
Orobanche californica
ssp. grayana
Orthocarpus bracteosus
Oxytropis campestris
var. wanapum
Parnassia kotzebuei
Pedicularis rainierensis
Pediocactus nigrispinus
Penstemon barrettiae

Penstemon eriantherus var. whitedii
Petrophyton cinerascens
Phacelia lenta
Phacelia minutissima

Physaria douglasii ssp. tuplashensis
Plantago macrocarpa
Polemonium pectinatum
Pyrrocoma hirta var. sonchifolia
Pyrrocoma liatriformis (Haplopappus liatriformis)
Ranunculus cooleyae (Kumlienia cooleyae)
Ranunculus triternatus (Ranunculus reconditus)
Sanicula marilandica
Saxifragopsis fragarioides
Sericocarpus rigidus (Aster curtus)
Sidalcea hirtipes
Sidalcea malviflora
ssp. virgata
Sidalcea oregana
var. calva
Sidalcea nelsoniana
Silene seelyi
Silene spaldingii
Sisyrinchium sarmentosum
Spartina pectinata
Spiranthes diluvialis
Sullivantia oregana
Symphyotrichum jessicae (Aster jessicae)
Symphyotrichum hallii

Synthyris pinnatifida var. lanuginosa
Tauschia hooveri
Trifolium thompsonii
Trillium parviflorum

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