Michigan State University Herbarium (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.
Contacts: L. Alan Prather, alan@msu.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 9f240f3c-0ebe-463a-b610-4fa9beea74b7
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 30,206 specimen records
  • 29,397 (97%) georeferenced
  • 30,116 (100%) with images (32,856 total images)
  • 25,998 (86%) identified to species
  • 279 families
  • 1,078 genera
  • 7,289 species
  • 7,290 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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