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Herbarium Code (Identification)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for natural science collections


  • This field contains the acronym identifying the herbarium from which the specimen originated.


  1. This field is used in botany and paleobotany to identify specimens from officially recognized herbariums registered in international directories.
  2. Acronyms: consult the following directory for the official acronym of the herbarium: Holmgren, P.K. and N. H. Holmgren, 1998 onwards (continuously updated), Index Herbariorum, New York Botanical Garden.1 The following is a partial list of the acronyms it suggests:

    A Arnold Arboretum, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, USA
    BH Herbarium, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA
    BLFU Geo. Potts Herbarium, Univ. of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
    BRY Stanley L. Welsh Herbarium, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT, USA
    CAN National Herbarium of Canada, Vascular plants section, CMN, Ottawa, Ont., Can.
    CANM National Herbarium of Canada, Bryophyte section, CMN, Ottawa, Ont., Can.
    DUKE Herbarium, Duke Univ., Durham, NC, USA
    F Herbarium, Field Museum of Nat. Hist., Chicago, IL, USA
    GH Gray Herbarium, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, USA
    KE Herbarium, Kent State Univ., Kent, OH, USA
    MICH Herbarium, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    MIN Herbarium, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
    MO Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MS, USA
    MONTU Herbarium, Univ. of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA
    MT Herbier Marie-Victorin, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Que., Can.
    NSW Nat. Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    NY New York Bot. Garden, Bronx, NY, USA
    P Museum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, France
    PAC Herbarium, Penn. State Univ., Univ. Park, PA, USA
    PH Acad. of Nat. Sci., Philadelphia, PA, USA
    SMU Herbarium, Southern Methodist Univ., Dallas, TX, USA
    TEX Herbarium, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
    UNCC Herbarium, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA
    US USA National Herbarium, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC, USA
    WIS Herbarium, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
    WS Herbarium, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA, USA
  3. N.B.: The Source field contains the name of the originating herbarium only if the specimen was still part of its collection when your institution acquired it.
    Example 1

    A specimen from the Herbier Marie-Victorin obtained in an exchange by the Musée de la nature et des sciences

      Institution NameMusée de la nature et des sciences
    Herbarium CodeMT
      Acquisition Mode exchange
      Source Herbier Marie-Victorin
    Example 2

    A specimen given by the National Herbarium of Canada to the Royal Ontario Museum, originally from the Herbier Marie-Victorin

      Institution Name Royal Ontario Museum
    Herbarium CodeMT
      Acquisition Modegift
      Source National Herbarium of Canada

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the acronym representing the originating herbarium of the specimen.
  2. This field may not contain more than one entry.

  1. Holmgren, P.K. and N. H. Holmgren, 1998 onwards (continuously updated), Index Herbariorum, New York Botanical Garden, ( [Information up to date on June 20, 2006]. © Société des musées du Québec