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Duke University Vascular Plant Collection (DUKE)

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Duke Herbarium houses more than 425,000 specimens of vascular plants, including 821 types. The collection is especially rich in accessions from the Southeastern United States, in particular for the Carolinas, and Mesoamerica. The vascular plant herbarium contains an important collection of over 22,000 sheets from La Selva in Costa Rica.


  • Michael D. Windham, mdw26@duke.edu
  • Connie Robertson, cjrobert@duke.edu


Duke University; Herbarium
Dept. of Biology
130 Science Dr., Box 90338
Durham, North Carolina   27708-0338

Collection Statistics

  • 157,647 specimen records
  • 2,346 (1%) georeferenced
  • 142,800 (91%) with images (142,802 total images)
  • 1 GenBank genetic references
  • 151,710 (96%) identified to species
  • 245 families
  • 1,611 genera
  • 8,538 species
  • 8,911 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update: 12 November 2020
Global Unique Identifier: 274b5332-1247-4374-b124-c819b814cd6e
Digital Metadata:EML File