Pteridophyte Collections Consortium Natural History Collections and Observation Projects


BRIT

Botanical Research Institute of Texas

The BRIT herbarium contains approximately 1,445,000 plant specimens from around the world, making it one of the largest herbaria in the United States.
Contact: Alejandra Vasco (avascog@gmail.com)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Botanical Research Institute of Texas


BRU

Brown University

The Brown University Herbarium was founded in 1869 when the University acquired the collections of the Providence Franklin Society and Stephen Thayer Olney. The collection includes around 100,000 plant specimens and is an important depository of Rhode Island and New England collections. It is also rich in western and southern North American plants and includes special sets of historically valuable specimens from 19th and early 20th century western US expeditions. Among other important collections, the herbarium also includes a full set of Charles Wright’s Cuban plants (1856-1867) and a unique and classic collection of Carex. Click here to download a pdf brochure describing the herbarium.
Contact: Tim Whitfeld (timothy_whitfeld@brown.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 16 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Brown University


PH

Drexel University

The herbarium of the Academy of Natural Sciences (PH) is the oldest institutional herbarium in the United States. It is a national resource for material from 1750-1850. The diatom herbarium (ANSP) is managed separately.
Contact: Tatyana Livshultz (tl534@drexel.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 16 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)


F

Field Museum of Natural History Pteridophyte Collection

The pteridophyte collection ranks fourth in the nation in size and includes more than 106,000 specimens of ferns and fern allies, including 373 types. The collection is worldwide in scope but has a strong concentration in tropical America. The Ferns and Fern Allies of Guatemala and Pteridophyta of Peru were based primarily on our holdings. Central American and Mexican collections include the outstanding material of Standley, Steyermark, Molina and L. O. Williams (Guatemala), Matuda, Ringle and Purpus (Mexico), Molina, Williams, Shimek (Nicaragua), and Brenes and Austin Smith (Costa Rica). South American material includes specimens from J. F. Macbride, Mexia, Killip and Smith, and both Carlos and José Schunke (Peru), Cuatrecasas (Colombia), Steyermark and Llewelyn Williams (Venezuela), Acosta Solis (Ecuador), Buchtien and Steinbach (Bolivia), and Brade (Brazil). Although Old World specimens are not especially numerous, they include valuable collections of Blanchard (Africa), Boivin and Humblot (Réunion, Madagascar) and Zenker (Cameroon).
Contact: Matt Von Konrat, Collections Manager (mvonkonrat@fieldmuseum.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 21 September 2018
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File


iNaturalist

iNaturalist Fern Observations

Contact: iNaturalist Help (help@inaturalist.org)
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File


IND

Indiana University

The Department of Biology administers the Indiana University Herbarium (IND). Founded in 1885, the herbarium houses over 152,000 specimens of vascular plants, including the collections of Charles C. Deam on which the Flora of Indiana is based.
Contact: Eric Knox (eknox@indiana.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: The Trustees of Indiana University


MU

Miami University, Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium

Miami University is the home of Ohio's largest herbarium, the Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium. The herbarium's holdings of approximately 620,000 specimens are worldwide in both geographical and taxonomic coverage. The collection consists of 330,000 vascular plant specimens, as well as 140,000 bryophytes, 100,000 fungi, 35,000 lichens, 10,000 algae, and 5,000 fossil plants. There are several thousand type specimens contained in the collection, as well as many sets of cryptogamic exsiccatae. Active exchange programs are ongoing with many herbaria worldwide to ensure the continued breadth and depth of the collection. The W.S. Turrell Herbarium Fund is an endowment which benefits the herbarium, and is restricted to support of the research activities of the staff and students in systematic botany.
Contact: Michael Vincent (vincenma@miamioh.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 10 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File


BHO

Ohio University, Bartley Herbarium

Currently, the Bartley Herbarium consists of approximately 55,000 mounted and accessioned specimens, plus several thousand additional unmounted and unaccessioned specimens being processed. Of these, 30, 657 specimens were collected in Ohio, with the remainder being mostly from other parts of the eastern United States. Our Herbarium is the largest in Appalachian Ohio and seventh largest in the state. It is particularly rich in specimens from southern and southeastern Ohio, due to the efforts of Floyd Bartley and subsequent botanists who have been active in the region. It has the largest holding of vascular plant specimens from the unglaciated, Appalachian region of Ohio. The Bartley Herbarium is the main repository for flora projects conducted in this region, as well as the recipient of vouchers from ecological investigations and regional systematic studies of particular plant groups.
Contact: Harvey Ballard
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File


ALA

University of Alaska

The Herbarium (ALA) at the University of Alaska Museum is the major regional herbarium in Alaska and part of a network of similar collections with an interest in the origin and evolution of the circumpolar flora. ALA contains more than 260,000 specimens of vascular and non-vascular plants. Data for the Vascular Plant and Cryptogam collections are managed separately in Arctos. Much of our understanding of Ice Age Beringia is based on botanical specimens, the largest collection of which is housed at ALA. Our recent acquisition from Iowa State University of the J. P. Anderson Collection (32,000 specimens on permanent loan) forms a significant part of this story. This collection of arctic and boreal plants, which contains 67 nomenclatural type specimens, formed the basis for much of Anderson’s seminal work, The Flora of Alaska. The botanical collection also includes plants from other states, Canada, Greenland, Fennoscandia, Japan, and Russia and provides a basis for teaching and research. Our botanical collection can be viewed and searched through the Arctos database and includes high resolution images of 163,000 herbarium sheets, online representation of 190,000 holdings, and inclusion of all holdings in an object-tracking system (barcode labeling).
Contact: Stefanie Ickert-Bond (smickertbond@alaska.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 16 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)


NLU

University of Louisiana at Monroe Herbarium

The R. Dale Thomas Collection - University of Louisiana Monroe (NLU) collection was transferred to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in 2017. Please contact Tiana Rehman (trehman@brit.org) with any questions regarding the collection.
Contact: Thomas Sasek (sasek@ulm.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 10 November 2018
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File


MICH

University of Michigan

Worldwide, especially temperate North America and the Great Lakes region. Specific strengths include marine algae of eastern North America, West Indies, Alaska, and Pacific Islands; bryophytes of tropical America; Agaricaceae and Hymenogastraceae of western North America; vascular plants of Mexico, Iran, Himalayas, southwestern Pacific Region, and southeastern Asia; Cyperaceae, Malpighiaceae, and Myrtaceae of the New World.
Contact: Rich Rabeler (rabeler@umich.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File


VT

University of Vermont

The Pringle Herbarium (VT) contains 300,000 specimens, including vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, algae and fungi. Of these, this portal will contain about 180,000 vascular plant specimens, including all vascular plant specimens except for those from New England. Other digitization projects cover type specimens, vascular plant specimens from New England, North American bryophytes and lichens, macroalgae and macrofungi. These images and data are available through various other portals. The herbarium does not maintain its own online database.
Contact: Michael Sundue (Michael.Sundue@uvm.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 14 November 2018
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Vermont


WIS-Pteridophyte

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin State Herbarium

The Wisconsin State Herbarium (WIS), formerly known as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium, was founded in 1849, and is a scientific collection of pressed, dried, labeled, and classified plants and fungi. It also preserves notes, illustrations, and other material about plants, and it maintains its own valuable Herbarium Library. The collection of more than 1.2 million specimens is of regional, national, and international importance. Approximately one-fourth of its vascular plant specimens are from Wisconsin, all of which have been databased and are searchable online. In addition, most of the world's floras are well represented, and the holdings from certain areas such as the Upper Midwest, eastern North America, western Mexico, and the Arctic (primarily lichens) are widely recognized as resources of global significance. The herbarium occupies two floors of the east wing of historic Birge Hall at the top of Bascom Hill on the UW-Madison campus. In addition to its specimen holdings, visitors to WIS have access to high-quality microscopes, an extensive library of books, reprints and maps, computer workstations, and internet connections for personal computers. WIS serves as the state of Wisconsin's official repository of plant specimen vouchers, and is actively engaged in educating students and sharing our passion for plants with the public. The faculty, staff, and students associated with the herbarium are engaged in a variety of local, regional, national, and international efforts to document, showcase, and protect plant diversity.
Contact: Kenneth M. Cameron (kmcameron@wisc.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 5 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File