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: 4 April 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 222,891 specimen records
  • 21,464 (10%) georeferenced
  • 17,358 (8%) with images (36,997 total images)
  • 189,162 (85%) identified to species
  • 261 families
  • 969 genera
  • 10,763 species
  • 11,019 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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