Catalog of Fungal Types from the|
Herbarium of George E. Massee
George Massee (1850-1917) was a British mycologist
and Keeper of Lower Cryptogams at the Royal
Botanic Gardens, Kew. He described many fungi, in a variety of
groups, from all over the world. He also prepared watercolor paintings
of many of his new species. In 1907 Massee sold portions of his herbarium
to The New York Botanical Garden. The rationale for which specimens were
sent to New York and which were kept at Kew is not known, and consequently
neither institution knows exactly what its Massee holdings are.
In 1994, NY began a project to search our entire fungus herbarium for types of species described by Massee. These specimens have been cataloged into our electronic database and are now available for searching on the World Wide Web. The Catalog includes all Massee types as well as other types included in his herbarium. The initial work on locating and verifying the type status of these specimens was done by Curatorial Assistant Peter Meleady. Ellen Bloch, Curatorial Assistant, and Kevin Indoe, Science Information Manager, completed the Massee Catalog and prepared it for electronic publication.
Click on the link below to see the taxa currently available in the Catalog. Each taxon name is a link that will generate a list containing all available records in the Catalog with this name.
List of taxa available in the catalog
To search the Massee Types Catalog by the name of the fungus (family, genus, species, or subspecific epithet), author, collector, collector number, barcode number, or type status, use the Basic Search box below. To search one or more specific fields in the database, choose the Detailed Search.