Global Resource for Plants & Fungi

As the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Steere Herbarium is a priceless resource for scholars from around the world who are documenting earth's biodiversity of plants and fungi. We focus on building collections in all groups and regions and in large scale digitization and rapid data entry.

7,800,000 Total Specimens
4,592,000 Specimens Digitized
59% Percent Digitized


Herbarium Collections

Learn more about the collections of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium.

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Science Digital

The Garden provides open access to all digitized collections in Science.


The Hand Lens

Take a closer look at the untold stories behind the specimens.


Visit the Herbarium

Come to the Bronx and study our herbarium specimens in person.


Request a Loan

Researchers who can't visit the collection can request specimens on loan.


NYBG Visiting Scientist Travel Awards

Funds are available to support researchers wishing to visit NYBG Science in person.

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The New York Botanical Garden offers public access to a wide range of information, including historical materials and collections that may contain offensive and unacceptable language. Such information does not reflect the views and values of NYBG. We are committed to preserving collections data in their original forms for historical accuracy and to facilitate research. We welcome feedback and questions about language found in our databases. Please contact

Latest News

New Digital Image Search Tool

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Science Digital Image Search tool. Experience the…

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Introducing Biotic Interactions VH Interface

For centuries we have viewed plants and fungi in isolation. Tried to understand a tree, a…

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4,000,000th Specimen Digitized

The C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium has just added its four millionth specimen! This specimen is…

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Join Us!

Help us transcribe some of the millions of digitized pages of records in our herbarium. Transcription is an important way for us to improve search results and increase accessibility to our historical records.