Institute for Botanical Exploration (IBE)

Founded in 1962, the Institute for Botanical Exploration has 235 000 holdings specializing in Lichens, bryophytes, and vascular plants worldwide, emphasis on Alaska, Mississippi, and adjacent states; tropical America (especially Amazon region).
Contact: Dr. Lucille McCook (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 911b86de-e453-4ca8-ba98-b2bfc1f6ebfa
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 71,068 specimen records
  • 24 (0.03%) georeferenced
  • 71,068 (100%) with images
  • 13,658 (19%) identified to species
  • 86 families
  • 235 genera
  • 1,295 species
  • 1,381 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award 1410069