The USF Herbarium was established as a research and teaching collection in 1958, two years after the founding of the University of South Florida.

The USF Herbarium is located in rooms 170-179 of the Life Sciences Building (LIF), on the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Phone: (813) 974-6238
Fax: (813) 974-3557

Mailing Address:
The Herbarium
Department of Biology
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, SCA 110
Tampa, FL 33620-5200
The Herbarium is normally open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5 pm, except for holidays and subject to staff availability. To avoid any inconvenience, please contact the Herbarium staff prior to your visit.
The USF Herbarium, with nearly 240,000 specimens, is the second largest collection in Florida, the seventh largest in the southeastern United States, and ranks in the upper third of the world's herbaria in size.
Area of Taxonomic and Geographic Concentration
The collection consists of approximately 210,000 specimens of vascular plants, 17,000 algae, and 2,000 bryophytes and lichens. The collection is richest in plants from Florida (40%), with strong holdings from North America north of Mexico (37%) and Latin America (13%). It has the largest collection in the world of materials from central and southern Florida. One important collection is the approximately 5,800 Orchidaceae, second only in the southeastern United States to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, an institution specializing in epiphytic plants (including Orchidaceae). Another significant collection is several thousand specimens from Nepal and Burma, an area not well represented in US Herbaria. Specific groups well represented include Apocynaceae, Arecaceae (palms), Fabaceae (Leguminosae), and pteridophytes (ferns), these reflecting the primary research interests of the staff. The collection contains nearly 300 vascular plant type specimens.
Important Collections
Important collections include those of G. R. Cooley, O. Lakela, R. W. Long, J. D. Ray, Jr., Steve L. Orzell, Edwin L. Bridges, B. F. Hansen, and R. P. Wunderlin.
The Herbarium Library contains over 10,000 books, reprints and journals, an extensive map collection, and a microfiche collection. The Library is open during most hours that the Herbarium is open. Although materials are not allowed to leave the Library, visitors are welcome to use the materials here. For more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact the Herbarium staff.
The Herbarium is available for use by qualified individuals. Specimens are available on loan to recognized botanical institutions engaged in taxonomic research. A fee-based plant identification service is provided to various companies, agencies, and individuals not part of USF and not involved in systematic research. For further details regarding our use and loan policies, click here.
Richard P. Wunderlin, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-2359
Fax: (813) 974-3557
Research interests: Bauhinia (Fabaceae); Cucurbitaceae; Flora of Florida

Bruce F. Hansen, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-6238
Fax: (813) 974-3557
Research interests: Apocynaceae; Flora of Florida

Associated Research Staff
Clinton J. Dawes, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-2060
Research interests: Physiological ecology and structure of seaweeds and seagrasses.

Frederick B. Essig, Ph.D.
Phone: (813) 974-6234
Research interests: Palm flora of New Guinea; systematics of Clematis (Ranunculaceae), carnivorous plants.

Gerald G. Robinson
Phone: (813) 974-6240
Research interests: Ethnobotany

Richard Mansell
Phone: (813) 974-1588
Research interests: Araceae

Current Graduate Students
Anne Schmidt
Research interests: Plant conservation and ecology

Emily Ferguson
Research interests: Local floristics; flora of Bermuda

Current research projects at the Institute for Systematic Botany include the Flora of Florida, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, monographic and systematic studies, and ethnobotanical studies.

In support of research and curatorial activities, the Institute for Systematic Botany maintains computer databases of:

  • Bibliography of systematic literature relevent to Florida vascular plants
  • Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants

    Please check with the Director or Curator for information.

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For more information, contact:
Dr. Richard Wunderlin or Dr. Bruce Hansen

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Last Updated:
March 28, 2001

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