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Texas A&M University, S.M. Tracy Herbarium (TAES)

The Tracy Herbarium is the third largest herbarium in Texas and includes specimens from every continent with a significant emphasis in Texas, the southern United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. TAES maintains one of the largest collections of grasses in the southern US and has ample representation from most vascular plant families.  In addition, the herbarium contains substantial collections of non-vascular plants, and the largest collection of fungi in the state. The collection currently houses nearly 360,000 specimens and adds approximately 2500-3000 new accessions per year.  The type collection at TAES consists of 199 specimens, of which 130 are Poaceae, 19 Asteraceae, 17 Cyperaceae, and an additional 15 holotypes.

This dataset contains only specimens collected in the following regions (if they exist in this collection): Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.

Contacts: Daniel Spalink,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 June 2024
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 1,365 specimen records
  • 2 (0.15%) georeferenced
  • 5 (0.37%) with images (5 total images)
  • 1,182 (87%) identified to species
  • 81 families
  • 332 genera
  • 621 species
  • 632 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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