With a total inventory of about 200,000 specimens (and growing), Fairchild is considered a medium-sized herbarium. Globally, there are more than 3,240 herbaria in 165 countries, and together, these collections represent all of the known plant diversity on earth. Herbaria range in size from a few thousand specimens to approximately 8 million specimens (housed at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris).
Fairchild Herbarium is best known for its collections of:
In addition, the herbarium houses voucher specimens from our field expeditions and garden collections as well as specimens on loan from other institutions that we consult for our research.
|Scanning with a smile: volunteer Ria Trimarco capturing digital
images for the virtual herbarium with a high resolution scanner.
In 1999, Fairchild began a long-term initiative to put our entire Herbarium collection online. Currently we have nearly 50% of our collection in our database and linked to digital images that are searchable on the web. Our wonderful volunteers, whose work is supervised by the Herbarium Curator, Dr. Brett Jestrow (firstname.lastname@example.org), have performed almost all of the scanning and data entry. Their collective efforts make our Herbarium accessible to people who are unable to come to Miami, or who cannot afford the significant cost of shipping specimens on loan.