US Virgin Islands Herbaria Network Natural History Collections and Observation Projects


UR-NHR

National Herbarium of Rwanda

The National Herbarium of Rwanda is a collection of preserved plant specimens and associated data used for scientific studies.The herbarium holds 17,000 specimens which have been collected for the past 90 years.

The National Herbarium of Rwanda Upgrading and Digitizing Project will valorise this national treasure which represents the rich flora of the Great Lakes and Albertine Rift Region. The Project will upgrade and update specimens, protect them from insect damage, and digitise the collection, cleaning and publishing the data through an online global database to be hosted by the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management (CoEB) at the University of Rwanda in partnership with the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) and the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR). The project represents a unique collaboration among these three institutions and includes South-South and North-South partnerships to ensure. The herbarium is in process of digitising the specimens to make them available to the scientific community. The work started in 2019.

Historically, considerable collecting and study of the central African flora was done during Belgian King Leopold's rule to the extent that an estimated 85% of the specimens ever collected in Rwanda are represented in the BR herbarium. The National Herbarium of Rwanda works in partnership with other herbariums in Burundi, Uganda, DRC and Belgium.
Contact: Minani Vedaste (minaved2005@yahoo.fr)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Rwanda
Access Rights: Public Domain


NYBG-NY

New York Botanical Garden Steere Herbarium

The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the centerpiece of the Garden's botanical research program. It is the fourth largest herbarium in the world, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The Herbarium holds a collection of more than seven million preserved specimens filed according to a standardized system of classification. All plant groups--flowering plants, conifers, ferns, mosses, liverworts, and algae, as well as fungi and lichens --are represented in the Herbarium collection, which is particularly strong in New World specimens. This reflects the emphasis of the research projects conducted by the Garden researchers. With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere. The New York Botanical Garden recently added the three-millionth plant specimen to the Virtual Herbarium, part of an ambitious project to digitize the 7.8 million dried plant specimens in its William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, the largest herbarium in the Western hemisphere. Of all specimens digitized, most are vascular plants, but brophytes, algae, fungi and lichens are the focus of many of our digitization projects.
Contact: Barbara M. Thiers (bthiers@nybg.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: New York Botanical Garden
Access Rights: Public Domain


SGVBG-SGBG

St. George Village Botanical Garden Herbarium

The Herbarium Collection of the St. George Village Botanical Garden is a collection of over 5,000 plant specimens which represent about 80% of the plant species known to be growing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These specimens are physical examples of plants that were collected at a documented location and time. There are examples of specimens that have been collected during the last 50 years which are no longer found growing in particular sites, but the herbarium specimen remains as proof it existed in a particular time and place. This very important research and historical collection is open to researchers by appointment only.
Contact: Michael B. Thomas, PhD (michaelbthomas@gmail.com)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 29 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: St. George Village Botanical Garden
Access Rights: Public Domain


SGVBG-SGBG-N

St. George Village Botanical Garden Nursery

Contact:
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update:
Digital Metadata: EML File


USVI-SGVBG

St. Georges Village Botanical Garden

The St. George Village Botanical Garden is a 16.5 acre garden which is planted among the restored buildings and ruins of an 18th and 19th century sugar cane plantation which also overlaps an Amerindian settlement which dates back to c.100 A.D.

The Garden's botanical collections feature over 1,000 varieties of plants that demonstrate the horticultural potential for the U.S. Virgin Islands, while also emphasizing the cultural and historical value of plants as a source of food, medicine, fiber, color dyes, and building material in the Caribbean.

Visitors enjoy a spectacular mix of history and natural beauty with a variety of themed garden areas set among the historic structures of the colonial era sugarcane plantation. The property is listed twice in the National Registry of Historic Sites for both the Amerindian archaeological site and the Danish colonial sugarcane plantation village.

A visit to the St. George Village Botanical Garden provides an opportunity to learn about the natural beauty of the Virgin Islands
Contact: Dewey Hollister (deweyhollister@gmail.com)
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 February 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: St. Georges Village Botanical Garden
Access Rights: CC BY-NC 4.0 International (Attribution Non-Commercial)


USVI-SVBG

The Botanical Garden of the Virgin Islands

This is a 100% inventory of the garden landscape. In progress 2019. St. George Village Botanical Garden is dedicated to conservation and preservation of both the historical and living collections on its grounds. The Gardens mission is to conserve the native plant species of St. Croix, as well as threatened species of other Caribbean islands suited to local environmental conditions. In addition, the Garden preserves the ethnobotanical history of St. Croix through living, graphic and structural displays. The mission of St. George Village Botanical Garden is one of conservation, preservation, and education. It conserves the native plant species of St. Croix as well as the threatened species of other Caribbean islands suited to local environmental conditions.
Contact: Dewey Hollister (deweyhollister@gmail.com)
Home Page: www.sgvbg.org
Collection Type: Observations
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: c5d17c6e-c0ac-4e9d-984b-567a87616017
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: The Botanical Garden of the Virgin Islands


SI-US

United States National Herbarium, Smithsonian Institution

Worldwide with emphasis on neotropics, North America, Pacific Islands, Philippines, and Indian subcontinent.
Contact: Curator (USNH@si.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Smithsonian Institution
Access Rights: Public Domain


UoC-C

University of Copenhagen Herbarium

In 2004 the Botanical Museum, the Library, the Botanical Garden, the Zoological Museum, and the Geological Museum were merged and became the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The Natural History Museum is a department of the University of Copenhagen. Museum Botanicum Hauniense = C. Herbarium C is housed in temporary premises within an hour's travel outside Copenhagen until 2020 while we build a new Natural History Museum in the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen.
Contact: Olof Ryding, Collection Manager (curator@snm.ku.dk)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Copenhagen
Access Rights: Public Domain


UM-MICH

University of Michigan Herbarium

The University of Michigan Herbarium (MICH) is one of several museum units within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. It includes over 1.7 million specimens of vascular plants, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, and algae. Of these, about 1.1 million correspond to vascular plants (ferns and fern allies, gymnosperms, and flowering plants). The collections are worldwide in scope, but focus primarily on Michigan and the Great Lakes, with additional strengths in Mexico, Belize, Iran, the Himalayan region, Hawaii, Borneo, and the Philippines.

This digital collection contains specimen data and digital images of the nearly 10,000 "type specimens" of vascular plants at MICH. These specimens are particularly valuable, since they are ones that are specifically designated to represent the scientific name of an organism whenever an author describes and publishes a new species or other rank.
Contact: Richard Rabeler (rabeler@umich.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Michigan
Access Rights: Public Domain


UNH-NHA

University of New Hampshire Hodgdon Herbarium

Since June 1996 the Albion Hodgdon Herbarium and the associated Sumner Pike Library have been housed in the Spaulding Life Sciences building of the Biological Sciences Complex. The herbarium comprises approximately 200,000 specimens (120,000 vascular plants, 80,000 marine algae, and 550 bryophytes and lichens). A space-saving compactor system for specimen storage allows for a significant increase in the size of the collection in the coming years. The herbarium contains a combination of historic and recently collected specimens, including 97 nomenclatural type specimens and voucher specimens supporting taxonomic, ecological, and biogeographic research. While our specimens represent plant species worldwide, the collections emphasize northeastern North America and are especially strong in representing freshwater and marine habitats. An additional strength is our extensive collection of Neotropical aquatic species. Taxonomic Coverage: Vascular plants and marine algae; aquatic flora. Geography: New Hampshire; Maine; coastal New England; Newfoundland; Bay of Fundy; Crimea, Siberia; northeastern U.S., Costa Rica, and Bolivia. Founded 1892.
Contact: Arthur Mathieson, Curator of Marine Algae (arthur@cisunix.unh.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 25 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of New Hampshire
Access Rights: Public Domain


UPR-UPRRP

University of Puerto Rico Herbarium

Approximately 54,000 specimens. Taxonomic Coverage: Fungi, Lichens, Freshwater and Marine Algae, Bryophyta, Tracheophytes. Geography: West Indies, especially Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Saint Lucia. Date Founded: 1966.
Contact: James Ackerman, Ph.D., Herbarium Director (ackerman.upr@gmail.com)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Puerto Rico
Access Rights: Public Domain


UVI-VIST

University of Virgin Islands Herbarium

The Herbarium at the St. Thomas CES office houses collections of preserved plant specimens from the USVI, collected primarily by scientists from the Smithsonian Institute and the New York Botanical Garden. The National Park Service Biosphere on St. John houses similar collections. Additional collections by local botanists are stored in the St. Croix CES office. Plant specimens are dried, mounted and labeled on 100% non-acid rag paper that does not deteriorate like wood pulp paper. These Herbaria contain collections of extremely rare and endangered plants that could be devastated by land clearing during construction activities or by hurricanes or droughts. Herbarium information about the status of these rare plants, including where they were collected can help scientists monitor this rapidly changing Caribbean region and can also help home owners and land-use planners avoid the destruction of important rare plants and their habitats.

UVI-CES, with the help of students and volunteers, is in the process of computerizing information relating to over 2,500 plant specimens in the St. Thomas Herbarium to enable data to be readily accessible to Internet users. Founded in 1978. R. O. Woodbury, J. M. Matuszak, G. T. Prance, F. R. Fosberg, J. Earhart, P. Acevedo, K. Teare, F. Grifo, and S. A. Mori. Taxonomic Coverage: Economic plants; traditional medicinal plants; native ornamentals; endangered species; mosses; algae; Poaceae.
Contact: Toni Thomas, Program Leader (tthomas2@uvi.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 27 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of the Virgin Islands.
Access Rights: Public Domain


NPS-USVI

US National Park Service, US Virgin Islands

This collection is based on an inventory of Vascular Plant Inventory of Buck Island from June 11-23, 2001, December 17-21, 2001, and May 17-23, 2002, with effort evenly divided between plant collecting and ecological sampling. The most favorable collecting conditions were met on the December 2001 trip, yet most of the work occurred during times of dormancy for many herbaceous plants. A comprehensive listing would require either more frequent wet-season collecting or a year-round sampling effort. Of the current total of 164 species, 160 were sampled, pressed and identified in our voucher collection.

Reference: Ray, Gary. 2003. Vascular Plant Inventory and Mapping of Buck Island. Buck Island Reef National Monument. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Contact: Zandy Hillis-Starr, Supervisory Resource Management Specialist (zandy_hillis-starr@nps.gov)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 January 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: US National Park Service
Access Rights: Public Domain