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).
After a 7-year effort using a digitization conveyor belt, the US National Herbarium is completely digitized.
Women Support Staff of the US National Herbarium
67% of support staff in the US National Herbarium are women. Visit our page to see what they are up to.
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The plant collections of the Department of Botany are among the most important worldwide. This vast and intensely managed collection of over 5 million specimens represents a premier national and international resource.