Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Sobralia callosa orchid flower
Databases and Images

The UF Herbarium's collection databases and image galleries provide interactive, virtual access to our fragile collections; extending them to a global audience. The specimen based images are associated with label information in the collection catalog, including data on habitat, flowering and fruiting period, frequency, and distribution. A common name search tool provides a walkway to the scientific names used in the catalogs.

Our collection databases are being developed in a variety of web portals, based on plant groups and funding sources (intra- and inter-institutional and grants). Details on many of these thematic projects may be found on our research projects page. Most of these data are also served to iDigBio.org and GBIF.org.

Support for the herbarium's computerization effort is provided by operation and grant funds from the Florida Museum of Natural History, UF / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, United States Department of Agriculture (Hatch Project FLAS-HRB-04170), UF Libraries Digital Library Center, Florida Center for Library Automation, the National Science Foundation, Société Audubon Haïti, and the Florida Museum Associates.

Collections Catalog

Senna alata specimen This catalog is our original, in-house, searchable collections database. It contains ca. 89,000 herbarium specimens with full label data and images of mostly vascular plants and vascular plant, bryophyte, and lichen type specimens.

Type Specimen Catalog

Pinus clausa cone This catalog includes specimen label data and images of our vascular plant, bryophyte and lichen type specimens. Literature citations and special notes relevant to the included specimens are available.

Digital Images

Sobralia gloriana flowerOur vacular plant image galleries are being developed with a thematic focus. Digital image sets include potentially invasive, insectivorous, poisonous and endangered plants of Florida, type specimens, orchids and vouchers for the Floristic Inventory of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

SERNEC Project: The Key to the Cabinets

Tradescantia flower pic

Our Southeastern United States vascular plant specimens have been imaged as part of this project. This work is suppored by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The ca. 120,000 imaged specimens are being added to the SERNEC portal with skeletal data (species, country, USA state, and Florida county). These data and images will be provided on the NotesFromNature site for cataloging by citizen scientists.

North American Bryophytes and Lichens

lichen picture

Our North American bryophyte and lichen specimens are being cataloged into national portals. This work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Herbarium Library

library bookshelf

The herbarium library catalog is a searchable database of a portion of the literature holdings in the herbarium's extensive reference library. The library includes literature relevant to the naming and classification of vascular plants (plant taxonomy and nomenclature) including floras, monographs, journals, microfiche, reprints and maps.