Plant Identifcation Services


Herbarium staff are professional botanists familiar with most of the state and region's flora.  All efforts are made to assist others with proper identification of unknown plant specimens.  This can be done via email or in person.  However, please keep in mind that in most cases it is difficult to put a name on a plant without flowers present.  In some plant families, e.g., sedges, mature fruits and seeds may be necessary.  We will do our best, but the more information you can provide the better.

SulmanIf you would like to drop off plant specimens for identification, please plan to visit during regular hours: weekdays from 7:45am – 4:30pm.  An appointment is not necessary, but helpful so that we can prepare to meet you.

There are no charges for on-site study of the collections or consultations. However, certain users (primarily commercial consulting companies) may be asked to pay fees in cases where Herbarium staff are required to spend a significant amount of time providing identifications of specimens.

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