The Harvard University Herbaria include six collections and more than five million specimens of algae, bryophytes, fungi, and vascular plants. Together they form one of the largest university herbarium collections in the world, and the third largest herbarium in the United States. With their state-of-the art research laboratories and world class libraries, the HUH have been a centerpiece of biodiversity science since the early 1800s.

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Featured Collections - Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium

Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium
Exceptionally rich in type specimens, with nearly 2,500 holotypes and 3,500 isotypes, as well as an extensive and unique set of drawings and types designated by Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach.

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Citizen Science

Want to support research at the Harvard University Herbaria?

Interested in plants and fungi from expeditions or specific geographic areas?

You can be a citizen scientist by transcribing labels of macrofungi, lichens and bryophytes!


Spring HUH Travel Grant applications are due April 1. Check out our Research Funding Opportunities page for more information.

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