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 - June Featured Plant
Cirsium pitcheri forma magenteum
Endemic to the sand beaches and dunes of Lakes Michigan and Huron, and at two sites on Lake Superior. Listed as threatened under both Michigan and Federal law. Learn More
Beverly Walters collaborates to complete map of at-risk plants at Matthaei-Nichols
Herbarium collection manager Beverly Walters served as lead field botanist as part of a special grant to help locate and assess at-risk plant communities growing on the botanical gardens four properties - Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, Mud Lake Bog, and Horner McLaughlin Woods.
Curatorial Assistant awarded NSF grant.
Rob Massatii, a Herbarium Graduate Student Curatorial Assistant for the winter semester of 2013 was recently awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation.
On the trail of the amphibian chytrid fungus in the Atlantic Forests of Brazil
Mycologist and Herbarium Assistant Curator of Fungi Timothy James traveled to Brazil from January through March, 2013 to work on several research projects involving aquatic or zoosporic fungi and to develop international collaborations.