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University of West Florida (UWFP)

The Michael I. Cousens Herbarium of the University of West Florida (UWFP) was established 30 October 1974 (as the Herbarium of the University of West Florida) for the purpose of documenting the Flora of the Florida panhandle and neighboring states. Currently, its holdings include approximately 22,000 vascular plant specimens of 3500 species and smaller collections of bryophytes and macroalgae.

Important collectors represented are R. K. Godfrey, L. C. Anderson, J. B. Nelson, B. F. Hansen, J. R. Abbott, J. R. Burkhalter, and O. Degener. The core of the permanent exsiccatae collection consists of approximately 10,500 specimens from over 600 locations in Escambia County, FL, representing 1,600 species, making it one of the most biodiverse county floras in the United States.


  • Philip Darby, pdarby@uwf.edu

Collection Statistics

  • 21,216 specimen records
  • 1 (0%) georeferenced
  • 21,211 (100%) with images (21,211 total images)
  • 20,533 (97%) identified to species
  • 211 families
  • 1,091 genera
  • 2,837 species
  • 2,858 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update: 14 February 2024
Global Unique Identifier: 8583263d-cb31-45a3-80ec-406d3c1dec61
Digital Metadata:EML File