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Eastern Kentucky University, Ronald L. Jones Herbarium (EKY)

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Several years ago, the Eastern Kentucky University Herbarium (EKY) merged with the Berea College Ralph L. Thompson Herbarium (BEREA) to form a unified collection at Eastern Kentucky University. Both collections are maintained separately in the same physical facilities. As of late 2021, the combined accessioned herbarium collection exceeded 110,000 specimens, and was actively growing. Almost all of the holdings are of vascular plants. This herbarium is by far the largest, most diverse and most active in Kentucky. Significant collections from many people and sources are included in EKY; most of the collections in BEREA are of Ralph Thompson. Significant strengths include Kentucky plants, woody taxa, the Southern Appalachians and Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, though there are significant holdings from a much wider area.


  • Curator: Sally Chambers, sally.chambers@eku.edu


Ronald L. Jones Herbarium
Eastern Kentucky University
Science Building, Room 3238
Richmond, KY   40475

Collection Statistics

  • 89,471 specimen records
  • 3,021 (3%) georeferenced
  • 79,433 (89%) with images (79,434 total images)
  • 86,717 (97%) identified to species
  • 310 families
  • 1,715 genera
  • 6,056 species
  • 6,622 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update: 30 August 2018
Global Unique Identifier: 0fdd3b88-7ca2-48ad-92e0-23e26acec000
Digital Metadata:EML File