University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Herbarium Vascular Plant Collection (COLO-V)

Herbarium COLO is the Botany Section of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the Boulder campus. The Herbarium is available to anyone with an interest in botany. Users include faculty and students, visiting scholars, private consultants, local naturalists, and botanists from a variety of public and private agencies.

Collection Specimens Transcribed Specimens Skeletal Records Images Verified Georeferences
Vascular Plants 320,000 135,943 96,178 232,121 84,866
Lichens 102,000 54,761 109 50,333 0
Bryophytes 119,000 52,158 11,120 63,278 0

Collection strengths:

Colorado, Southern Rocky Mountains and Western North American vascular plants and cryptogams, worldwide arctic and alpine, Appalachia, Galapagos Lichens, Australia, New Guinea, Altai, Mexico and the Seville Flowers Bryophyte Collection.


Digitization efforts have been focused on North American vascular plants, lichens and bryophytes with an emphasis on Colorado specimens. All Colorado vascular and cryptogam specimens have been imaged and entered into the database. Images for North American vascular plants are captured for 18 families under the Tri-Trophic TCN. North American lichen packets have been imaged and transcribed All North American bryophyte packets have been imaged and all Colorado specimens have been transcribed and are available at 110,000 vascular plant specimens worldwide and 55,000 bryophytes and 47,000 lichens from outside of North America have not been digitized.

Contact: J Ryan Allen (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: f5da8b4f-e389-4436-b71d-1c3e0a4baacc
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 237,878 occurrence
  • 101,741 (43%) georeferenced
  • 237,071 (100%) with images
  • 217,972 (92%) identified to species
  • 272 families
  • 2,307 genera
  • 13,941 species
  • 14,868 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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