United States National Herbarium - Smithsonian (US-Lichens)

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).
Contacts: Chris Tuccinardi, US Herbarium data manager, tuccinar@si.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 December 2019
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 119,887 specimen records
  • 10,511 (9%) georeferenced
  • 4,285 (4%) with images (12,984 total images)
  • 112,756 (94%) identified to species
  • 111 families
  • 552 genera
  • 7,370 species
  • 7,831 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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