University of Massachusetts Amherst, Herbarium (University of Massachusetts, Amherst-MASS)

The University of Massachusetts Herbarium, Amherst, is a regional resource with approximately 224,000 mounted vascular plants, algae and bryophtyes as well as a fruit and seed collection. The collection is world wide in scope, but the focus is on Western Massachusetts and New England. It includes three herbaria; the Amherst College Herbarium (AC), started in 1829 by Professor Edward Hitchcock and one of the oldest herbaria in the country, the Massachusetts State Herbarium (MASS) founded in 1867 by W. S. Clark, the third president of the University, and the recently acquired Phippen-LaCroix Herbarium (TUFT).
Contacts: Tristram Seidler,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 20 June 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: © University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Collection Statistics
  • 129,925 specimen records
  • 31,488 (24%) georeferenced
  • 111,323 (86%) with images (111,331 total images)
  • 117,207 (90%) identified to species
  • 246 families
  • 1,531 genera
  • 5,192 species
  • 5,729 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Taxon Distribution
Taxon Distribution
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