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 - February Featured Plant
Although the branches are typically bright red, occasionally they are green (but may turn red in drying); a form with yellow twigs is cultivated, as are some other red-stemmed species. Learn More
Herbarium director Chris Dick describes support for Ann Arbor deer cull
Christopher Dick, Herbarium director explains his position on the proposed deer cull in the city of Ann Arbor in a guest commentary in Bridge Magazine
Associate curator James appointed as Wehmeyer Chair in the Taxonomy of Fungi
The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of Timothy James to the Lewis E. Wehmeyer and Elaine Prince Wehmeyer Professorship in the Taxonomy of Fungi for a five-year renewable term, effective December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2020.
Director Chris Dick's Amazon work highlighted in journal Science
Herbarium director Chris Dick's work on the NSF Frontiers in Earth Systems Dynamics grant is highlighted in Science