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Salem College (SC)

The Salem College Herbarium is the oldest herbarium in the United States. It was founded in 1772, but the oldest specimen, a Symphoricarpos collected from the Deep River [North Carolina] by C. Frederick Denke (1775-1838), is dated June, 1817. The historical collections (1817-1895) number about 1000 specimens and are mostly from the Piedmont of North Carolina. There are ca. 5000 specimens in the modern collection (1900-present), and these were collected from North Carolina by Salem College students & faculty. Please contact Dr. Dane Kuppinger, Curator, for access to the Salem College Herbarium.


  • Dane Kuppinger, dane.kuppinger@salem.edu

Collection Statistics

  • 3,876 specimen records
  • 379 (10%) georeferenced
  • 3,725 (96%) with images (3,777 total images)
  • 3,806 (98%) identified to species
  • 141 families
  • 433 genera
  • 840 species
  • 867 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)

Extra Statistics

Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Last Update:
Global Unique Identifier: ccdaf43a-6c0d-45b3-8cba-41c62b6c6873
Digital Metadata:EML File
Geographic Distribution
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