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Collection Profile for: Herbarium Pacificum (Bishop Museum) (BISH)

The Herbarium Pacificum (BISH) collection consists of more than 710,000 plant, algae and fungi specimens. Our emphasis is on Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin, but we also house representative material from other world regions. The collections of Hawaiian plants form the largest and most comprehensive assemblage of such specimens in the world, with approximately 187,000 specimens.

Numerous collections of major importance to Hawaii and Pacific botany and phycology are located at BISH, including those by H. St. John, F.R. Fosberg, O. Degener, J.F. Rock, C.N. Forbes, B.C. Stone, D.R. Herbst, W.L. Wagner, D. Nelson, U.J. Faurie, G.C. Munro, H. Mann, W.T. Brigham, I.A. Abbott, and M.S. Doty. Type specimens have been imaged at high resolution and are available online via JSTOR's Global Plants and are housed in a fire-protected room.




Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Bishop Museum, Herbarium Pacificum
Department of Natural Sciences
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI   96817-2704

Collection Statistics

  • 2,906 specimen records
  • 381 (13%) georeferenced
  • 7 (0.24%) with images (7 total images)
  • 1,610 (55%) identified to species
  • 58 families
  • 138 genera
  • 534 species
  • 557 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 20 June 2024
Digital Metadata:EML File
Rights Holder: Bernice Puahi Bishop Museum
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