Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

Over one million plant specimens are housed in the BRIT Herbarium (the combined BRIT-SMU and VDB collections), making this the largest independent herbarium in the southeastern US. The herbarium has strengths in the plants of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, the Gulf Coast, and the southeastern United States. However, these collections are worldwide in scope, and most of the Earth’s plant families are represented here. Two of our current research projects, one in Peru and one in Papua New Guinea, have greatly expanded the scope of our collection of tropical specimens.
Contact: Tiana Rehman (trehman@brit.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: e930b44a-b92c-4727-a697-c816960bc747
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 1,004 occurrence
  • 593 (59%) georeferenced
  • 100 (10%) with images
  • 688 (69%) identified to species
  • 91 families
  • 184 genera
  • 440 species
  • 451 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Family Distribution
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  • Agaricaceae (31)
  • Albatrellaceae (2)
  • Amanitaceae (25)
  • Annulatascaceae (1)
  • Anthracoideaceae (4)
  • Arcyriaceae (69)
  • Asterinaceae (1)
  • Auriculariaceae (3)
  • Auriscalpiaceae (1)
  • Bolbitiaceae (1)
  • Boletaceae (17)
  • Bondarzewiaceae (1)
  • Bulgariaceae (1)
  • Calostomataceae (1)
  • Cantharellaceae (5)
  • Ceratocystidaceae (5)
  • Chorioactidaceae (1)
  • Clavariaceae (4)
  • Clavicipitaceae (3)
  • Clavulinaceae (2)
  • Coleosporiaceae (4)
  • Corticiaceae (5)
  • Cortinariaceae (3)
  • Crepidotaceae (1)
  • Cribrariaceae (1)
  • Dacrymycetaceae (1)
  • Diatrypaceae (3)
  • Diplocystidiaceae (18)
  • Entolomataceae (5)
  • Erysiphaceae (14)
  • Fomitopsidaceae (6)
  • Ganodermataceae (3)
  • Geastraceae (93)
  • Geoglossaceae (1)
  • Gloeophyllaceae (1)
  • Glomosporiaceae (2)
  • Gnomoniaceae (3)
  • Gomphaceae (3)
  • Helotiaceae (3)
  • Helvellaceae (2)
  • Hyaloscyphaceae (3)
  • Hydnaceae (2)
  • Hydnangiaceae (1)
  • Hygrophoraceae (17)
  • Hymenochaetaceae (7)
  • Inocybaceae (3)
  • Leotiaceae (1)
  • Marasmiaceae (14)
  • Meruliaceae (4)
  • Microbotryaceae (2)
  • Mycenaceae (10)
  • Mycosphaerellaceae (34)
  • Nectriaceae (4)
  • Phakopsoraceae (2)
  • Phanerochaetaceae (2)
  • Physalacriaceae (7)
  • Physaraceae (37)
  • Physodermataceae (1)
  • Pleosporaceae (1)
  • Pleurotaceae (1)
  • Pluteaceae (2)
  • Polyporaceae (32)
  • Psathyrellaceae (4)
  • Pucciniaceae (101)
  • Pucciniastraceae (13)
  • Pyronemataceae (1)
  • Raveneliaceae (5)
  • Reticulariaceae (2)
  • Rhizopogonaceae (1)
  • Rhytismataceae (2)
  • Russulaceae (52)
  • Schizophyllaceae (2)
  • Sclerodermataceae (5)
  • Sclerotiniaceae (1)
  • Serpulaceae (1)
  • Stemonitidaceae (2)
  • Stereaceae (10)
  • Strigulaceae (4)
  • Strophariaceae (3)
  • Suillaceae (4)
  • Taphrinaceae (4)
  • Thelephoraceae (5)
  • Tilletiaceae (1)
  • Tricholomataceae (17)
  • Tubiferaceae (2)
  • Urocystidaceae (1)
  • Uropyxidaceae (8)
  • Ustilaginaceae (11)
  • Valsaceae (3)
  • Venturiaceae (1)
  • Xylariaceae (24)