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 UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Florida Cooperative Extension Service 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.

UPDATE 18 March 2021: the UF Herbarium is open, with limited occupancy, and operating under UF COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe environment. Visitors are generally limited to UF-affiliated persons with CLEARED status in the One.UF app. We do consider our mail service to be reliable, so we are willing to receive shipments such as gifts, exchange, and loan returns. We will consider loan requests on a case-by-case basis as we have reduced staff for processing loans. Whenever possible, we will conduct our communications electronically (contacts). We wish everyone health and happiness.

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 Cactaceae, Ericaceae, Melastomataceae and Orchidaceae, Angiosperm family phylogeny and cultivated plant systematics.

Databases / Imaging

Maxillaria costaricensis flowerOur collection databases and image galleries are being developed with a thematic focus. The collections are cataloged in different portals, mostly based on plant type. Approximately 50% of the collection is cataloged.

pressed plant herbarium specimens

UF Herbarium Resources and Service Guide for UF Faculty, Staff, Students, and other Researchers