Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

Over one million plant specimens are housed in the BRIT Herbarium (the combined BRIT-SMU and VDB collections), making this the largest independent herbarium in the southeastern US. The herbarium has strengths in the plants of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, the Gulf Coast, and the southeastern United States. However, these collections are worldwide in scope, and most of the EarthÂ’s plant families are represented here. Two of our current research projects, one in Peru and one in Papua New Guinea, have greatly expanded the scope of our collection of tropical specimens.

Director of the Herbarium: Tiana Rehman,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 8fd3b85f-95d5-488c-9ed6-e18913460ca0
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 15,864 specimen records
  • 1,300 (8%) georeferenced
  • 15,195 (96%) with images (16,077 total images)
  • 15,235 (96%) identified to species
  • 128 families
  • 412 genera
  • 1,649 species
  • 1,802 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics