Bell Museum of Natural History, the University of Minnesota (MIN)

Plant specimens number over 600,000 samples of vegetative parts, cones, fruit, and seeds. The representation of Minnesota's flora is unparalleled, with over 160,000 specimens collected throughout Minnesota's history by Etlar Nielson, Olga Lakela, John W. Moore, Welby Smith, and many others. The record of historic flora of the Upper Midwest (including the Dakotas, Wisconsin, and southwestern Ontario) is among the best in the U.S.
Contacts: Anita Cholewa (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 23 January 2020
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 60,657 specimen records
  • 2,666 (4%) georeferenced
  • 60,607 (100%) with images
  • 58,401 (96%) identified to species
  • 166 families
  • 714 genera
  • 4,091 species
  • 4,557 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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