Liverworts, mosses, and hornworts - technically referred to as bryophytes - are considered to be evolutionary and ecologically significant.
The Field Museum holds over 300,000 unaccessioned and accessioned bryophyte specimens. At present, more than 100,000 searchable records are available. The majority of these records represent accessioned specimens from New Zealand, North America, and South America, including collections from J. J. Engel, M. Lewis, M. S. Taylor and R. M. Schuster. Databasing efforts of the bryophyte collection are ongoing, including the digitization of specimen labels and data entry of core fields (taxon, country, latitude/longitude, date collected, collector, and collection number). In recent years, databasing and digitization efforts have been made possible with the support of several awards from the National Science Foundation (No. 0749762, No. 1057418, No. 1458300, and No. 1115002) as well as Field Museum Science Collections Fund.
For information about the collections and their background, visit the descriptions of the bryophyte collections of the Field Museum.
For loans or special requests, corrections, locality inquiries/coordinates, identification verifications, specimen photographs, or suggestions, please email Matt von Konrat at mvonkonrat(@)fieldmuseum.org
For copyright, data usage and citation information please refer to the Field Museum Data Norms and Considerations.