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

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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).


  • Jordan Metzgar, metzgar@vt.edu


Virginia Tech Massey Herbarium
926 W. Campus Drive, Derring Hall
MC 0406
Blacksburg, VA   24061
United States

Collection Statistics

  • 61,323 specimen records
  • 439 (0.72%) georeferenced
  • 55,003 (90%) with images (55,090 total images)
  • 60,362 (98%) identified to species
  • 205 families
  • 1,214 genera
  • 4,063 species
  • 4,575 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update: 12 September 2023
Global Unique Identifier: f47e53b3-aa90-449a-87df-64f4d442f687
Digital Metadata:EML File