Michigan State University (MSC)

The MSU Herbarium was founded in 1863 with the donation of a large collection of plants from Michigan and the eastern U.S. Today, we remain focused on plant and fungal diversity from Michigan, but the collection is also rich in plants from Mexico and southeast Asia, and lichens from the Caribbean and the subantarctic region. With over half a million specimens, the MSU Herbarium is among the 50 largest herbaria in the United States, whereas the lichen collection, with 120,000 accessioned collections, is among the 10 largest in North America and, because of its geographical scope, of international importance.
Contact: L. Alan Prather (alan@msu.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: b0178778-c5d7-11e4-b6af-00163e00498d
Collection Statistics:
  • 59,431 specimen records
  • 470 (0.79%) georeferenced
  • 59,415 (100%) with images
  • 58,161 (98%) identified to species
  • 123 families
  • 565 genera
  • 3,275 species
  • 3,553 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award 1410069