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Gila National Forest Herbarium (USFS-GILA)

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The collection as of August, 2023 contains 2147 specimens. The majority of specimens have been collected in Gila National forest and other areas of SW New Mexico. Many specimens were donated by Jack L. Carter, the author of Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico. Dr. Carter was a long-time resident of Silver City, NM, which is also the home of the Gila National Forest Herbarium. Dr. Carter gathered numerous volunteers to document the flora of SW NM during the 1990s. The specimens collected by Dr. Carter and volunteers make up the bulk of the Gila NF Herbarium. Vascular plants are the focus of the herbarium with lichens absent and only two moss specimens present. The Poaceae is especially well represented in the collection. 


  • Primary Contact: Jim McGrath, james.mcgrath2@usda.gov
  • Secondary Contact: Jenny (Nessa) Rasmussen, Jenny.Rasmussen2@usda.gov


Gila National Forest
3005 E Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM   88061
United States
(575) 388-8201

Collection Statistics

  • 2,158 specimen records
  • 1,958 (91%) georeferenced
  • 2,113 (98%) identified to species
  • 127 families
  • 524 genera
  • 1,079 species
  • 1,159 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update: 28 February 2013
Global Unique Identifier: a0ef50eb-90f2-45ad-a3a5-960ac40e73ec
Digital Metadata:EML File