The history of the vascular plant collection may be traced to 1891 when Peter H. Rolfs established the Herbarium of Florida Agricultural College.
There are currently approximately 280,000 accessioned sheets of vascular plants with an excellent representation of the vascular flora of Florida, the southeastern United States coastal plain, and Haiti. The collection is rich in historical material dating back to the mid-1800s: e.g. from 1838 (Nicaragua), 1841 (the Carolinas), and 1843 (Florida).
Digitization and Organization
Currently about 2/3 of the vascular plant specimens are digitized and available online. Digitization initially prioritized type specimens, rare and invasive Florida species, historic collections (e.g. J.K. Small, A.P. Garber, etc.), incoming staff material, and research requests. For an overview of our complete holdings, please consult our cabinet door lists document (a lengthy pdf).Search the FLAS Collections Catalog
Recognition of vascular plant families in the collection generally follow the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group and the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group. The families are arranged “phylogenetically” by a modified Dalla Torre and Harms numbering system (based on Engler and Prantl). This system is outlined in Dalla Torre and Harms (1908) – see “References” below. The family numbering codes we use are in our own family list PDFS (alphabetical, numerical).
The vascular plant collection of the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) is located at 379 Dickinson Hall in the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. Room 379 is in the west wing of the street level of Dickinson Hall on Museum Road, just west of Newell Drive.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12 noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., except for holidays and subject to staff availability. Please contact the Collection Manager or Curator to arrange for consultation of specimens prior to your visit.
University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)
Florida Museum of Natural History
379 Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Rd.
PO Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800 USA
Telephone: (352) 273-1990
Lucas C. Majure
Curator of the Herbarium
Correspondent for administrative and grant-related matters
Phone: (352) 273-2102
Alan R. Franck
Manager of the Collection
Correspondent for loan, exchange, and collection database matters; scheduling a visit)
Phone: (352) 273-1984
Marc S. Frank
Correspondent for the Plant Identification and Information Service and volunteering
Phone: (352) 273-1994
Important collections include:
- J. Richard Abbott (Americas, esp. Florida, 1990s to present)
- A.W. Chapman (Florida, 1840s-1860s)
- A.H. Curtiss (Florida, 1890s)
- A. Cuthbert (Georgia and Florida, 1890s-1910s)
- R.L. Dressler (Neotropical Orchidaceae, 1970s to present)
- A.P. Garber (Florida, 1870s)
- A.K. Gholson (Florida and Georgia, 1970s to present)
- R.K. Godfrey (Southeastern U.S., esp. Florida, 1950s to present)
- S.C. Hood (Florida, 1900s-1910s; United States, 1940s-1950s)
- H.H. Hume (Florida, 1930s-1950s)
- W.S. Judd (Florida, 1970s to present; West Indies (esp. the Dominican Republic and Haiti), 1980s to present)
- W.A. Murrill (Florida, 1930s-1950s)
- P.H. Rolfs (Florida, 1890s)
- F. Rugel (Florida, 1840s)
- E.P. & R.P. St. John (Florida ferns, 1930s-1940s)
- J.K. Small (Florida, 1910s-1930s)
- D.B. Ward (Florida, 1950s-1970s)
- E. West (Florida, 1930s-1950s)
- Dalla Torre, C. G. de et H. Harms. Register zu de Dalla Torre et Harms: Genera Siphonogamarum ad Systema Englerianum Conscripta. W. Engelmann, Leipzig [Germany]. 1908. Facsimile reprint by Verlag von H. R. Engelmann (J. Cramer), Weinheim [Germany]. 1958. 568 pp. 28 cm.