The Vascular Plant collection of The New York Botanical Garden is one of the most extensive, important, and frequently cited and consulted herbaria in the world. Founded around a core of the Columbia College (now Columbia University) Herbarium in 1891, the Herbarium has grown to become the largest such collection in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the largest in the world, with approximately 7.8 million specimens. The oldest specimens are from the late 18th century, with the vast majority of the collection collected during the 20th century. The collection continues to grow through staff field research and specimen exchange with other herbaria.

6,000,000 Total Specimens
98,184 Number of Types
42% Percent Digitized