United States National Herbarium - Smithsonian (US)

The United States National Herbarium was founded in 1848, when the first collections were accessioned from the United States Exploring Expedition (50,000 specimens of 10,000 species). Current holdings total 5 million specimens, making this collection among the ten largest in the world representing about 8% of the plant collection resources of the United States. The herbarium is especially rich in type specimens (@110,000).
Contact: Chris Tuccinardi, US Herbarium data manager (tuccinar@si.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 November 2016
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 14,145 specimen records
  • 1,618 (11%) georeferenced
  • 3,683 (26%) with images
  • 8,600 (61%) identified to species
  • 118 families
  • 441 genera
  • 2,128 species
  • 2,281 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics