University of Michigan Herbarium (MICH)

The fungal herbarium is extraordinarily strong in North American higher fungi, with, among others, the collections of A. H. Smith (agarics, boletes, and gastromycetes), C. H. Kauffman (agarics), D. Baxter (polypores), R. L. Shaffer (agarics), and R. Fogel (hypogeous fungi). Material on which the taxonomic studies of E. B. Mains, on the Uredinales, insecticolous fungi, and Geoglossaceae, and of B. Kanouse, on discomycetes are largely based is in the collection, as are many of L. E. Wehmeyer's pyrenomycetous fungi. The personal herbarium of F. K. Sparrow, which contains mostly specimens of the parasitic genera Physoderma and Urophlyctis as well as a microscope-slide collection of aquatic fungi, is also included. The fungal herbarium is rich in the classical mycological exsiccati sets and contains several historically important, originally private collections such as those of H. A. Kelly and H. C. Beardslee Jr.
Contacts: LOANS: see the MICH home page for request guidelines and email the curator; Tim James,,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 0cd2551b-8166-4c05-a0c9-5c8712ce0eb8
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 275,057 specimen records
  • 25,423 (9%) georeferenced
  • 216,904 (79%) with images (294,114 total images)
  • 402 GenBank references
  • 198,937 (72%) identified to species
  • 390 families
  • 2,612 genera
  • 26,291 species
  • 27,986 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics