The University of Michigan Herbarium is home to some of the finest botanical collections in the world. The 1.7 million specimens of vascular plants, algae, bryophytes, fungi, and lichens combined with the expertise of the faculty-curators, students, and staff provide a world-class facility for teaching and research in systematic biology and biodiversity studies.
The goals of this Michigan Flora Website are to present, in a searchable and browsable form, the basic information about all vascular plants known to occur outside of cultivation in the state. This includes, unlike the published Michigan Flora, the spore bearing vascular plants (ferns, horsetails, club mosses, etc). Information available includes maps showing the distribution of all the species in the state, keys to all the families, genera, and species, brief discussions about the species, including habitats, nativity, date of first collection of aliens, and in some cases, notes helpful to identification beyond the features noted in the keys.
Michigan Flora - April Featured Plant
The common and scientific names derive from the bright red-orange sap, which “bleeds” from the broken rhizome and other parts. Learn More
New book published on red algae by Wynne
“The Red Algal Families Delesseriaceae and Sarcomeniaceae,” authored by Michael J. Wynne, Herbarium curator emeritus of algae and Ecology and Evolutionary Bilogoy professor emeritus, published by Koeltz Scientific Books, Koenigstein, Germ
Associate curator Chris Dick receives NFS award for studying Andean-Amazon plant groups
Professor and Herbarium Associate Curator Christopher Dick and EEB Professor Stephen Smith have received a grant for $672,000 to integrate phylogenetic analyses of Andean-Amazon plant groups with models of regional geological and atmospheric history.
In memoriam: Robert E. Preston, Visiting Researcher
Robert Eyre Preston passed away at Tendercare Greenview in Alpena, Michigan on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the age of 74.