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Herbarium

Please contact Alan Franck if you have any questions.


The USF Herbarium was established as a research and teaching collection in 1958, two years after the founding of the University of South Florida.

Location

The USF Herbarium is located in rooms 9-10 of the Multidisciplinary Complex (CMC), on the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Phone: (813 )974-7602
Fax: (813) 974-3557

Mailing Address:
The Herbarium
Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, ISA 2015
Tampa, FL 33620-5150

Website

Current research projects at The Herbarium include the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, monographs, and systematic studies.

Visiting

If you would like to visit the herbarium, please contact the Herbarium staff prior to your visit.

Collections

The USF Herbarium, with more than 270,000 specimens, is the second largest collection in Florida, the seventh largest in the southeastern United States, and ranks in the upper third of the world's herbaria in size.

Area of Taxonomic and Geographic Concentration

The collection consists of more than 250,000 specimens of vascular plants, 17,000 algae, and 2,000 bryophytes and lichens. The collection is richest in plants from Florida (40%), with strong holdings from North America north of Mexico (37%) and Latin America (13%).  It has the largest collection in the world of materials from central and southern Florida.  One important collection is the approximately 5,800 Orchidaceae, second only in the southeastern United States to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, an institution specializing in epiphytic plants (including Orchidaceae).  Another significant collection is several thousand specimens from Nepal and Burma, an area not well represented in US Herbaria.  Specific groups well represented include Apocynaceae, Arecaceae (palms), Begoniaceae, Bromeliaceae, Fabaceae (Leguminosae), and pteridophytes (ferns), these reflecting the primary research interests of the past and present staff. The collection contains more than 350 vascular plant type specimens.

Important Collections

Important collections include those of K. Burt-Utley, Edwin L. Bridges, G. R. Cooley, B. F. Hansen, R.K. Godfrey, R. Kral, J. M. Kunzer, O. Lakela, R. W. Long, Steve L. Orzell, J. D. Ray, Jr., J. Utley and R. P. Wunderlin.

Library

The Herbarium Library contains more than 10,000 books, reprints and journals, an extensive map collection, and a microfiche collection.  The Library is open during most hours that the Herbarium is open.  Although materials are not allowed to leave the Library, visitors are welcome to use the materials here.  For more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact the Herbarium staff.  The Herbarium Library holdings are listed in the USF Libraries Catalog.

Services

The Herbarium is available for use by qualified individuals. Specimens are available on loan to recognized botanical institutions engaged in taxonomic research.  A plant identification operated in cooperation with The Institute for Systematic Botany (ISB) is provided to various companies, agencies, and individuals not part of USF and not involved in systematic research; contact B. Hansen or R. Wunderlin for more information.  For further details regarding our use and loan policies, click here.

Staff


Director:
Diane Te Strake, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-1594
Fax: (813) 974-1614
Email: testrake@usf.edu

Curator:
Alan R. Franck, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-7602
Fax: (813) 974-3557
Research: Cactaceae, flora of Florida & the Caribbean (West Indies)
Email: afranck@mail.usf.edu


Associated Research Staff:

Bruce F. Hansen, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-6238
Email: hansen@usf.edu
Research interests: Apocynaceae, flora of Florida

Kathleen Burt-Utley, Ph.D.
Email: kburtutl@uno.edu
Research interest: Begoniaceae

Clinton J. Dawes, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-2060
Email: cdawes@usf.edu
Research interests: Physiological ecology and structure of seaweeds and seagrasses

Frederick B. Essig, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-6234
Email: essig@usf.edu
Research interests: Palm flora of New Guinea, Clematis (Ranunculaceae), carnivorous plants

John Utley, Ph.D.
Email: jutley@uno.edu
Research interest: Bromeliaceae

Richard P. Wunderlin, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-2359
Email: rwunder@usf.edu
Research interests: Bauhinia (Fabaceae), Cucurbitaceae, flora of Florida