Herbarium Collection

Herbarium Collection

UH Herbarium

herbariumFounded in 1911, the University of Hawaii’s herbaria incorporates the Lyon Arboretum herbarium specimen collection, together with some of the leading researchers in the Pacific basin and collections continue to expand. For almost 100 years, the teaching collections held in the University of Hawai’i herbaria have been a focal point for teaching, training and education on the flora of Hawai’i and the Pacific.

The UH Herbarium collects, houses and maintains voucher specimens of plants that reflect the teaching, research and project efforts of faculty, staff and students at UH Manoa. There are two primary collections – the University teaching and research collection (HAW) and the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum collection (HLA). More than 42,000 voucher specimens from are held in the herbarium. The HLA collection includes more than 8000 specimens of plants cultivated at Lyon Arboretum.


Pacific Science Archive
Hawai’i Botanical Legacy Collection

DirectorDr. Tom Ranker
Collection ManagerDr. Michael B. Thomas
Associate FacultyDr. Cliff MordenDr. Sterling KeeleyDr. Art Whistler
AffiliatesJoanne BirchMashuri WaiteTim GallaherJeffery Boutain
Assistants: Amanda Anderson, Colby Carter, Dave Nettesheim, Maya Hananoki, Megan Woods

Contact Information:
University Herbarium
Department of Botany
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
3190 Maile Way, Room 401
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4168
Fax: (808) 956-3923

Allied Curriculum

BOT 160 – Campus Plants

BOT 461 – Systematics of Vascular Plants

BOT 612 – Biology and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes

BOT 661 – Hawaiian Vascular Plants

BOT 662 – Advanced Systematics

Specimen Drying and Mounting Facility
A heated plant drier and mounting area is located in St. John 404. This room is available to students who are conducting research or completing assignments for taxonomic courses.

To arrange for the consultation or loan of specimens, contact the collection manager. Normal working hours are Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm to 5 pm. Special arrangements may be made for consultation of specimens and library resources for visiting scholars and students. Loan Policy | Usage Policy | Destructive Sampling Policy

For more information about the collection or loans contact: herbaria@hawaii.edu