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The John G. Searle Herbarium is the fifth largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere and one of the world's preeminent depositories of Central and South American plants. The herbarium contains almost 3 million specimens of flowering plants, ferns and lycopods, bryophytes, lichenized fungi and fungi worldwide. As of January, 2018, we have databased over 954,000 specimens, including 98,000 type specimens.

Policies & Loans

Loans of Field Museum botanical specimens are made to institutions and not to individuals. The head of the borrowing institution assumes complete responsibility for the safe custody and return of the specimens. Specimens should be stored in insect-free airtight cases. They must be treated with extreme care in such a manner that will conserve them indefinitely for study in the future.
Please visit here for regulations governing herbarium loans from The Field Museum (F) prior to requesting a loan.

  • contact name
  • organization
  • address
  • email address
  • phone number
  • group requested - bryophytes, ferns, seed plants, confers, lichens, fungi
  • purpose of loan
  • destructive sampling, yes or no, if yes, what type?

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Matt von Konrat
Head of Botanical Collections
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
312-665-7824

Acknowledgements

The Botanical Collections thank the Searle Family [foundation name here], The National Science Foundation, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, our donors, and our countless volunteers, students and collaborators throughout the world for their continued support of our collections and research programs.

History

The Museum manages the fifth largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere, estimated to include almost 3 million specimens of angiosperms, gymnosperms, pteridophytes, bryophytes, fungi (including lichenized ascomycetes), and algae. The Herbarium was established in 1894 based on acquisitions from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Numerous botanical expeditions, sponsored or co-sponsored by The Field Museum, have established the herbarium as one of the world's preeminent depositories of Central and South American plants and approximately sixty percent of the phanerogam collections are from these areas. See here for a detailed history of the John G. Searle Herbarium.

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Database information

The Field Museum's collections data is held in EMu. For more information on the data holdings of different parts of the botanical collections:

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