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The Harvard University Herbaria, with more than 5 million specimens, are one of the 10 largest Herbaria in the world in number of specimens, and along with the library, form the world’s largest university owned herbarium.
The Cultivated Herbarium is a part of the Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum. The combined resources of the Harvard University Herbaria comprise one of the largest comprehensive collections of dried plant and fungal specimens in the world.
The Cultivated Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Boston, contains 133,800 specimens (as of July 2013) of cultivated origin. Of these, over 46,719 specimens document extant and historic accessions. Approximately 250 (three year average) voucher specimens, collected from the Arboretum’s Living Collections, are added to the herbarium annually. Specimens document accessions in flower, fruit, and vegetative states. An allied Seed Herbarium contains 2,312 specimens and documents the morphology of plant seeds.
Management and development of the cultivated herbarium collection is guided by the Cultivated Herbarium Collections Policy [pdf].
The Arnold Arboretum’s Cultivated Herbarium collections can be searched by entering the family name, Arboretum accession number, or scientific name (omit authorities, cultivar indicators, or intraspecific epithet(s)):
- Entries can be either upper or lower case.
- Use * or ] as a wildcard character.
- For example, to search for all values containing Gent, enter gent* or gent].
- Multiple search criteria should be separated by a comma.
- For example, to look up both Epimedium stellulatum Stearn and Rhododendron alabamense Rehder, enter Epimedium stellulatum, Rhododendron alabamense.
The Cultivated Herbarium is located in the Hunnewell Building and is open, by appointment, Monday through Friday, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Please contact the Curator of Living Collections at 617.384.5769 to make an appointment. The Herbarium is closed weekends and holidays.
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The Seed Herbarium is located at the Dana Greenhouses and is open, by appointment, Monday through Friday, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Please contact the Dana Greenhouses staff at 617.384.5665 to make an appointment. The Herbarium is closed weekends and holidays.
The Dana Greenhouses
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
1050 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02130