Massey Herbarium (Virginia Tech) (VPI)

The small lichen collection at Virginia Tech consists mostly of Virginia collections (96%). The great majority of these are voucher specimens collected for air quality monitoring studies on national forest lands and donated by the George Washington-Jefferson National Forest. These were determined by James Lawrey, Larry St. Clair, and Jonathan Dey. A legacy collection from the Bull Run Mountains collected by H.A. Allard from 1937 to 1939 consists of 65 specimens. Physiographically, most collections are from montane regions, less than 10% from the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain is essentially unrepresented. Most specimens are of the foliose or fruticose type, with only a few crustose or sub-crustose. The lichen collection is growing slowing with new accessions coming from diverse areas and habitats.
Contacts: Dr. Jordan Metzgar, Curator,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 18 June 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 1,007 specimen records
  • 345 (34%) georeferenced
  • 2 (0.2%) with images (3 total images)
  • 920 (91%) identified to species
  • 38 families
  • 98 genera
  • 284 species
  • 286 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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