University of Kansas Ronald L. McGregor Herbarium (KANU)

Housing approximately 520,000 specimens, including 450,000 vascular plant specimens, 65,000 lichens, and smaller holdings of bryophytes and non-lichenized fungi, the R. L. McGregor Herbarium (KANU) is dedicated to the study of the flora of the Great Plains, the grassland biome of central North America. The greater part of vascular plant and lichen specimens deposited in KANU represent the flora of the Great Plains and herbarium staff is involved in taxonomic and floristic studies of the region. Our goal is to expand our understanding of past and current botanical diversity of the Great Plains and to preserve this knowledge for the future.

Contacts: Caleb A. Morse, collection manager,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 June 2024
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R. L. McGregor Herbarium
Lichen Collection, University of Kansas, Bridwell Botanical Research Laboratory
2045 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS   66047-3729
[1] 785 864 4493
Updated September 2022.

Geography: Kansas; Great Plains; western United States

Incorporated Collections: Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas (2000 specimens) in 1999.; Wichita State University (WICH) lichen herbarium (200 specimens) in 2018; North Dakota State University (NDA) lichen herbarium (6000 specimens) in 2019; University of Missouri (UMO) lichen herbarium (800 specimens) in 2020.

Total Specimens: 470500

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Collection Statistics
  • 50,182 specimen records
  • 50,040 (100%) georeferenced
  • 5,157 (10%) with images (5,226 total images)
  • 46,232 (92%) identified to species
  • 112 families
  • 424 genera
  • 1,886 species
  • 1,940 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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