Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

The University of Florida Herbarium is a unit of the Department of Natural History of the Florida Museum of Natural History. The herbarium is affiliated with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Biology and the Department of Plant Pathology. The FLAS acronym is the standard international abbreviation for the University of Florida Herbarium. It is derived from the herbarium's early association with the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.

Our mission focuses in plant collections acquisition and care, research based on the collections, education and public service.

Collections / Policies

Uncarina seed pod The herbarium and the associated paleobotanical collection have combined holdings of approximately 1/2 million specimens.

Research / People

Echinacea purpurea flower Herbarium staff and students participate in diverse projects spanning traditional morphological plant systematics, floristics, plant anatomy, molecular analysis and pollination ecology. Our major focus areas include the plant families Orchidaceae, Ericaceae and Melastomataceae, Angiosperm family phylogeny, Florida floristic inventories and cultivated plant systematics.

Databases / Imaging

Maxillaria costaricensis flowerOur computer databases and image galleries are being developed with a thematic focus. The collections catalog includes nearly 60,000 searchable specimens and almost 20,000 high-resolution digital images.

pressed plant herbarium specimens

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