Farlow Herbarium (Harvard University) (FH)

The personal herbarium and library of William Gilson Farlow (1844-1919), eminent mycologist and phycologist and first Professor of Cryptogamic Botany in North America, bequeathed to Harvard in 1919, form the nucleus of the Farlow Herbarium and Reference Library. Further bequests from Roland Thaxter (1858-1932), as well as specimens, manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations and field notes from other notable researchers, including E. B. Bartram, E. A. Burt, W. H. Weston Jr., D. H. Linder, and I. M. Lamb, have further enhanced the collections. The Farlow Herbarium currently houses approximately 1,400,000 specimens, including approximately 75,000 types, of lichenized and non-lichenized fungi, bryophytes, diatoms and algae.
Contacts: Michaela Schmull, mschmull@oeb.harvard.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 17 August 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 47,319 specimen records
  • 27,560 (58%) georeferenced
  • 43,107 (91%) with images (43,644 total images)
  • 37,226 (79%) identified to species
  • 334 families
  • 946 genera
  • 4,980 species
  • 5,183 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics