The University of Florida Herbarium is the oldest (est. 1891) and largest herbarium in Florida with approximately 500,000 specimens. It is the 4th largest herbarium in the southeastern United States.

The 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.

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