Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin Collections

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Brule River State Forest Observations

Contact: Dr. Mary Ann Feist ()
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J. F. Bell Museum of Natural History Herbarium

The Bell Museum of Natural History was established in 1872 by the state legislature. The Herbarium started in 1889 with the purchase of John Sandberg's private collection (6000 specimens). The representation of Minnesota's flora is unparalleled and the assemblage of historic flora of the Upper Midwest is among the best in the U.S. Additionally there are excellent collections of circumboreal and arctic material and historical collections of H. Rusby and R. Squires (1895-1896, Orinoco River delta), J.W. Congdon (1894-1903, California, especially the Yosemite region); South Pacific collections of J. Tilden, A.A. Heller, and J.W. Moore; and more recent Papua New Guinea flora (G. Weiblen and students). Currently the Herbarium contains approximately 940,000 botanical and mycological specimens combined. Only the vascular plant records are being posted to this site at this time.
Contact: Anita Cholewa, Curator (


Milwaukee Public Museum

The Museum's Vascular Plant Collections are fully digitized with more than 107,000 records. Over 50% of specimens are from Wisconsin and 30% from the rest of North America. The collections feature good representation of the flora of the Upper Midwest and adequate samples of taxa worldwide. Angiosperms (flowering plants) 97,000 records; 33 type specimens. Gymnosperms (conifers) 1,170 records Pteridophytes (ferns) 7,887 records; 12 type specimens; good representation of Isoetes, neotropical ferns from Costa Rica, and voucher specimens for MPM Publication “Arkansas Ferns and Fern Allies” by W. Carl Taylor. 1984.
Contact: Christopher Tyrell (

Northland College

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Other Miscellaneous Herbaria

Contact: Dr. Mary Ann Feist at WIS (


Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium, UW-Steven's Point

Starting with one cabinet of about 1,000 plant specimens in 1969, Dr. Robert Freckmann (and Dr. Frank W. Bowers) built this herbarium into the third largest in Wisconsin, with over 200,000 specimens.
Contact: Stephanie Lyon (


University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Contact: Joseph Rohrer (
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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Contact: Jay Horn (
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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Contact: D. Gerber (
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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Since 1992 WIS has taken the lead in organizing a mostly in-state consortium of herbaria that have been databasing their collections of vascular plant specimens collected in Wisconsin. The content of the WisFlora project was greatly enhanced later by the staff at UWSP, and especially by Merel Black. In 2015 the two sites were merged. Today >385,000 specimen records from the following 26 institutions are freely available to researchers: ber, cnnf, dnr, dnr-EC, ftmc, icf, ISM, MAD, MIL, MIN, MOR, MU, Nc, OSH, Pf, RIVE, Sewrpc, SUWS, UWEC, UWGB, UWL, UWM, Uwpl, UWSP, UWW, WIS. Maps, photos, descriptions, and other information for most species are also available.
Contact: Mary Ann Feist (


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Contact: Thomas Lammers (


University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Contact: John Wheeler (
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University of Wisconsin - Superior

Contact: Nicholas Danz (
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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Contact: Nicholas Tippery (
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University of Wisconsin-Stout Herbarium

Contact: Dr. Mandy Little (
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WI Consortium of Lichen Herbaria

Users are asked to visit the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria for data regarding the Lichens of Wisconsin
Contact: Mary Ann Feist (