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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Massey Herbarium (VPI)

The Massey Herbarium (VPI) at Virginia Tech is an active and growing collection that seeks to represent the floristic diversity of the central Appalachian and Mid-Atlantic regions. Growing from a small teaching collection, the herbarium was established as a state repository in 1927. As of 2022, accessioned vascular plant specimens numbered 111,000. It is estimated that about 65% are from Virginia, the balance from all parts of North American. Groups particularly well represented are ferns (especially Isoetes), Poaceae, Cyperaceae (especially Carex), and Asteraceae (Eupatorium, Packera, Solidago).

Contacts: Jordan Metzgar,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: f47e53b3-aa90-449a-87df-64f4d442f687
Digital Metadata: EML File
GBIF Dataset page:
Virginia Tech Massey Herbarium
926 W. Campus Drive, Derring Hall
MC 0406
Blacksburg, VA   24061
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 60,998 specimen records
  • 336 (0.55%) georeferenced
  • 54,945 (90%) with images (55,216 total images)
  • 59,943 (98%) identified to species
  • 201 families
  • 1,204 genera
  • 4,004 species
  • 4,492 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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