Consortium of California Herbaria, CCH2 Portal Natural History Collections and Observation Projects


CSLA

Cal State LA Herbarium

The CSLA Herbarium holds approximately 35,000 dry-mounted vascular plant specimens from around the world, with particular collection emphasis in Southern California and Northern Mexico. Founded in 1956, CSLA contains significant collections from J. Henrickson, B. Prigge, and R. M. Straw.
Contact: Kirsten Fisher
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 9a7f2f77-3288-4d40-8baa-2f55b8450b7f
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CSUSB

California State University San Bernardino

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Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: eb19159e-023a-405e-9970-cb1a1c0c1ce5
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LOB

California State University, Long Beach Herbarium

The herbarium has approximately 18,000 specimens preserved as dried, pressed specimens.
Contact: Amanda Fisher (Amanda.Fisher@csulb.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 3818e5a2-b6a4-11e8-b408-001a64db2964
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SJSU

Carl W. Sharsmith Herbarium, San Jose State University

Founded in 1945 by Dr. Carl Sharsmith, the herbarium at San Jose State University houses a collection of more than 18,500 dried plant specimens. Many specimens were collected over Dr. Sharsmith's long career as a university professor and natural history ranger at Yosemite National Park. The collection is actively curated with approximately 500 new specimens being added every year.
Contact: Lars Rosengreen, Curator (lars.rosengreen@sjsu.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 3818e471-b6a4-11e8-b408-001a64db2964
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SBBG

Clifton Smith Herbarium, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The SBBG Herbarium represents the region's largest scientific collection of preserved central coast plants. Collectively, the specimens document the ecology and geography of the region's plant diversity. The information content of such specimens can not be duplicated in words, photographs, or other media, and forms the basis for ongoing scientific research in ecology, floristics, taxonomy, and conservation biology.
Contact: C. Matt Guilliams (mguilliams@sbbg.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 3818e0aa-b6a4-11e8-b408-001a64db2964
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Colorado Desert District, California Department of Parks and Recreation

Contact: Larry Hendrickson (Larry.Hendrickson@parks.ca.gov)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: f253ccf3-5a1c-4b4b-8e49-298212e5c3a4
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CHSC

CSU Chico – Chico State Herbarium

Contact: Colleen Hatfield (chatfield@csuchico.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 6a942843-3cb1-4643-a475-24df2d2ba49f
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FSC

Fresno State Herbarium

The geographical specialty of the FSC is Fresno County and parts of surrounding Inyo, Kern, Madera, Mono, and Tulare Counties: including the Sierra Nevada mountains, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Mojave Desert. About nine-tenths of the accessioned collection, or 31,500 specimens, is from California, with the remaining tenth from other states and countries. We estimate that half of the California collections are from high Sierra Nevada ecosystems (above 7000 feet), as this was Quibell’s focal collecting area. The other half of the collection represents the San Joaquin Valley itself, including riverine ecosystems, vernal pools, and agricultural ecosystems; the western Diablo Range region between Panoche and Coalinga; and the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, including the northern extent of the Mojave Desert. There is no particular taxonomic speciality among vascular plants, and only about ~100 of the specimens are federally or state listed as rare, threatened, or endangered (representing 29 taxa). Collectors who frequently contributed to the FSC collection: Charles H. Quibell (founder of the herbarium in 1925 and Fresno State biology professor); John "Jack" Springer, a USFS employee whose private herbarium of 1930s California grass collections was donated to FSC; Rimo C. Bacigalupi, first curator of the Jepson Herbarium, with collections from the 1950s and 1960s; Philip A. Munz from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Pomona College, who collected in the 1920s-1950s and provided many of the FSC specimen determinations for specimens collected by Charles H. Quibell; James R. Shevock, associated with California Academy of Sciences and RSA, who worked on the floristics of the Sierra Nevada mountains; John “Jack” Rockwell, who collected in the Fresno area in the mid-20th century and whose specimens are almost entirely confined to FSC; and John H. Weiler, FSC Herbarium curator and Scrophulariaceae specialist.
Contact: Dr. Katherine Waselkov (kwaselkov@csufresno.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 8126927b-7459-411e-acc7-7aa06631920b
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CSUN-SFV

Herbarium, Department of Biology, California State University, Northridge

Primarily vascular plants of California but with holdings in other parts of North America and some other places worldwide. Vascular plant specimens are on herbarium sheets, bryphytes and lichens are in paper packets. We have nearly 25,000 specimens.
Contact: James N. Hogue (james.n.hogue@csun.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: f62b4819-3195-4053-a2dc-07431438f3e6
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HSC

Humboldt State University Vascular Plant Herbarium

The Humboldt State University Vascular Plant Herbarium (HSC) consists of ~104,000 specimens, with a strong emphasis in the flora of northwest California and southwest Oregon. Established in 1960, the Herbarium serves as a botanical resource for students and faculty, as well as, community members and professional botanists. Our collections offer excellent opportunities to learn more about the rich diversity of our native flora, as well as, our exotic and invasive weeds. The Herbarium also participates in loan and exchange programs with other herbaria throughout the country.
Contact: Michael Mesler (mrm1@humboldt.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 December 2018
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MACF

MacFadden Herbarium, Department of Biological Science, California State University Fullerton

The herbarium is named for botanist Fay A. MacFadden, who sold her extensive collection of plants to the university just prior to her death in 1964. Specimens are continually added to the collection, which number over 30,000 vascular plants, about 12,000 bryophytes, and nearly 800 lichen specimens. The collection is used as research and teaching tools by our faculty, staff, students, and other researchers.
Contact: Joshua Der (jder@fullerton.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 7591c177-2bde-4641-9b60-32f68cbbd1f4
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RSABG-RSA-POM

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium

The combined Herbarium of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSA) and Pomona College (POM) is a museum-quality collection of vascular plant and bryophyte specimens. With current holdings totaling over 1,230,000 specimens, the Herbarium is the third largest in California. The Herbarium is recognized throughout the world for its strength in documenting the diversity, distribution, variation, and ecology of more than 6,500 species of flowering plants, conifers, and ferns in California, which constitutes nearly 50% of the total collection. The holdings from Southern California exceed 250,000 and are unsurpassed by any other herbarium. Approximately 95% of the collection is composed of mounted sheets and filed according to a standardized system of classification. Ancillary collections that augment the collection include a cone & fruit collection, wood collection, fluid preserved collection, and pollen and anatomy slide collection.
Contact: Mare Nazaire, Administrative Curator (mnazaire@rsabg.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 2 November 2018
Digital Metadata: EML File


OBI

Robert F. Hoover Herbarium, Cal Poly State University

The Hoover Herbarium houses 85,000+ specimens of vascular plants, algae, lichens, and bryophytes. The geographic focus is San Luis Obispo County, California. The collection also includes many specimens from other areas of California, other states of the US, particularly Arizona, and some from other regions of the world, especially Mexico. Emphasis areas in the collection include Asteraceae, Lupinus, and cultivated Eucalyptus. Major collections include Robert F. Hoover (1946–1969), David J. Keil (1966–present), Rhonda Riggins (1970s–2000), Tracy Call (mostly Apiaceae—late 1940s–1960s), and Robert J. Rodin (1940s–1977). The collection is used extensively in undergraduate teaching and training.

Important Collections: Robert F. Hoover (1946–1969), David J. Keil (1966–present), Rhonda Riggins (1970s–2000), Tracy Call (mostly Apiaceae—late 1940s–1960s), and Robert J. Rodin (1940s–1977)
Contact: Jenn Yost, Director and Assistant Professor o (jyost@calpoly.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 3818d95b-b6a4-11e8-b408-001a64db2964
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SDSU

San Diego State University Herbarium

The San Diego State University Herbarium (SDSU) is a depository of over 22,000 pressed and mounted plant specimens used in research and teaching. The purpose of these specimens is: 1) to serve as voucher documentation for research projects; 2) to serve as resources for plant identification; and 3) to serve as exemplars in plant courses. In addition, the herbarium both receives and provides loans of plant specimens used in active systematic research. The herbarium collection specializes in land plant specimens from San Diego County, California, and Baja California, with some collections from Australia, Chile, and the south Pacific.
Contact: Michael Simpson, Curator (sdsuherbarium@sdsu.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 3818d002-b6a4-11e8-b408-001a64db2964
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SD

SD Herbarium, San Diego Natural History Museum

Contact: Layla Aerne Hains (laerne@sdnhm.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 21 February 2019
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DAV

UC Davis Herbarium

University of California, Davis herbarium collections are worldwide, with emphasis on California, North America, and neotropics (especially Ecuador and Baja California); Quercus, Fagaceae, and Arctostaphylos, Ericaceae of New World; Euphorbiaceae; Poaceae; Clarkia (Onagraceae); Lycianthes and Lycopersicon (Solanaceae); Stephanomeria and tarweed genera (Asteraceae); Navarretia (Polemoniaceae); Allium (Alliaceae); Trifolium (Fabaceae);Prunus (Rosaceae); Central Valley of California vernal pool species; weedy and poisonous species of California and Mediterranean-climate regions; range plants of California; alpine flora of western North America. Size of collection: 320,000 specimens, 50% from California.
Contact: Teri Barry (tcbarry@ucdavis.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: cc54a5fd-2e20-4ea6-8871-b2af436d9de3
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UCJEPS

UC JEPS

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LA

UCLA Herbarium

The UCLA Herbarium (LA) was founded in ca. 1930, and contains approximately 200,000 specimens, almost entirely dried vascular plants. The herbarium contains the collections of notable UCLA biologists such as Carl Epling, Harlan Lewis, Peter Raven, Martin Cody, Henry J. Thompson, Jonathan Sauer, Elizabeth McClintock, and Mildred Mathias. The core of the collection (ca. 146,000 specimens) contains specimens from North America (60%), Europe (23%), the Pacific (7%), South America (5%), Asia (3%), and Africa (2%). The UCLA Herbarium also maintains a large collection of cultivated plants (ca. 11,000), a Santa Monica Mountains Collection (ca. 8,300 specimens), a Baja California Collection (ca. 2400 specimens), and a Type Collection (298 specimens).
Contact: Thomas Huggins, Collections Manager (huggins@ucla.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: a70436a2-dfaa-482e-88e0-5193a66b0bfc
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UCSC

UCSC Herbarium, Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History, University of California, Santa Cruz

The UCSC Herbarium houses more than 10,000 vascular plants, algae, lichens, and bryophytes. The collection is focused primarily on Santa Cruz County and the University of California Reserves but also contains important specimens from throughout California. The collection archives research and publication voucher specimens and is also a student education resource. Notable collections include those of R. Morgan (1969-2017), David Styer (Fort Ord National Monument, 2006-present), and Dylan Neubauer.
Contact: Chris Lay, Administrative Director (cml@ucsc.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 3818da9e-b6a4-11e8-b408-001a64db2964
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IRVC

University of California, Irvine Herbarium

Western U.S., especially southern California and Orange County; Baja California, Mexico. Size of collection: 35,000 vascular plant specimens, 5000 lichens, and 280 algae. 86% from California.
Contact: Rebecca Crowe (rcrowe@uci.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: fbf9653f-f51b-4e99-9820-d65161437a24
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UCR

University of California, Riverside Plant Herbarium

Contact: Andrew Sanders (Andrew.Sanders@ucr.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 December 2018
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UCSB

University of California, Santa Barbara Herbarium

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Herbarium has approximately 120,000 herbarium specimens of vascular plants, lichens, bryophytes, and marine macroalgae. The herbarium is housed at the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration on the campus of UCSB. The vascular plant collection consist mainly of specimens from Santa Barbara County, including the northern Channel Islands, with many additional collections from San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Ventura Counties, the southern Sierra Nevada region, southern California, and northern Mexico. Special collections include the J. R. Haller pine collection (5,000 specimens), with emphasis on population-level sampling of many western North American pine species, and the Cornelius H. Muller oak collection, with ca. 7,000 specimens from the USA and Mexico. Also conserved in the herbarium are ca. 69,000 slide preparations and spirit collections of Vernon I. Cheadle and Katherine Esau. There are 43 type specimens of plants and marine macroalgae, and ca. 550 kleptotypes of Quercus collected from major American and European herbaria by C. H. Muller in the 1960s. Incorporated collections include the Santa Rosa Island Reserve (SCIR) herbarium (1,500) and the marine macroalgae of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (1,035), which contains some of the earliest collections of California seaweeds. Greg Wahlert is the current collections manager. Taxonomy and nomenclature follow the second edition of the Jepson Manual (Baldwin et al., 2012).
Contact: Greg Wahlert (wahlert@ccber.ucsb.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: f7e112f9-92c5-455c-a6c4-709b0f8d7f73
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SFSU

Vascular Plants of the Harry D. Thiers Herbarium at San Francisco State University

The Harry D. Thiers Herbarium at San Francisco State University maintains over 113,000 specimens. Its primary research focus is mycological, but there are roughly 10,000 vascular plant specimens. Most vascular plant specimens were collected from approximately the 1990s to 2010s by Bob Patterson, V. Thomas Parker, and their students. Special vascular plant collections of SFSU include the California Polemoniaceae, an robust collection of most Arctostaphylos (Ericaceae) taxa, and a current collection focus on taxonomically diverse genera of the California Floristic Province such as Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae) and Eriogonum (Polygonaceae). The vascular plant collection is curated by Jason T. Cantley.
Contact: Jason T. Cantley (cantley@sfsu.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
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Global Unique Identifier: 5805f8f3-2733-4c87-bca8-0fd1644490c2
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