West Virginia University Herbarium (WVA)

The West Virginia University Herbarium, the largest such facility in the state, contains about 185,000 mounted and cataloged vascular plant specimens and approximately 26,000 bryophyte and lichen specimens. The collection was started in 1889 and has steadily increased since then. It is designated a National Resource Collection and contains the best collection in the world of West Virginia and Central Appalachian vascular plants. In addition there are over 25,000 color photographic slides that comprise the Earl L. Core Botanical Slide Collection and over 2,000 seed collections in the Elizabeth A. Bartholomew Seed Collection.
Contacts: Donna Ford-Werntz, Curator, dford2@wvu.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: d5692221-f761-4082-9c25-97dd1f10adc6
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 4,325 specimen records
  • 460 (11%) georeferenced
  • 3,973 (92%) with images (4,010 total images)
  • 3,789 (88%) identified to species
  • 80 families
  • 205 genera
  • 483 species
  • 503 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Taxon Distribution
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