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University of Memphis Herbarium (MEM)

The original Raymond Athey Herbarium collection at the University of Memphis was orphaned in the 1980s. Approximately 60,000(?) specimens from the collection were transferred to TENN and EKY in the early 2000s, but many of the accessions were left behind. In 2014, the new University of Memphis Herbarium was built on the roughly 15,000 specimens that remained. The present collection consists of vascular plants from the Southeastern US, predominantly those of Kentucky and Tennessee.


  • Collections Manager: Mike Ballou, smballou@memphis.edu


University of Memphis Herbarium
Department of Biological Sciences
Memphis, TN   38152-6080

Collection Statistics

  • 17,730 specimen records
  • 382 (2%) georeferenced
  • 17,467 (99%) identified to species
  • 240 families
  • 1,327 genera
  • 3,869 species
  • 4,226 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update: 12 August 2016
Global Unique Identifier: fbad47d8-6a83-4e5c-bbfc-625c2516f81a
Digital Metadata:EML File