| 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. See an overview of the
Steere Herbarium and its donors.
The collections of the Herbarium are constantly being augmented through
field research conducted by Garden staff, and through gifts,
acquisitions, and exchanges of specimens from other herbaria.
|Using the Herbarium
Researchers can access our collections digitally, visit the Herbarium
in-person, or request specimens to be sent on loan.
Digital Access to Collections
We are in the process of cataloging and imaging our specimen holdings,
which focus on the New World, on NYBG research, and on national and
international projects where access to data from our collections will
have a significant impact. Visit the Virtual Herbarium
to learn more about our specimen cataloging projects and to search for
specimens and images.
The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium is open to visitors,
professional and non-professional, with scientific reasons to study the
collections. Those wishing to study the collections need to make an
appointment prior to their visit. For more information, see Herbarium
Loans of specimens are made only to herbaria recognized in Index
Herbariorum, and upon approval of a written request for the loan. For
more information, see: Specimen