Purdue University, Kriebel Herbarium (PUL)

The Kriebel Herbarium comprises approximately 90,000 specimens of vascular plants, algae, bryophytes, lichens and fungi. The vascular plant collection is the oldest in the state of Indiana, originating with John Hussey (1831–1888), Botany Professor and one of the six professors hired to teach the first time Purdue opened its doors in 1874. The Herbarium itself is named in honor of Ralph M. Kriebel (1897–1946), a botanist who joined Purdue in 1943 and whose collection contains in excess of 10,000 specimens of important Indian​a flora. Today’s Kriebel Herbarium consolidates these as well as other collections formerly housed in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Stanley Coulter Herbarium, and the Herbarium of the Purdue Agricultural Experiment Station, and is managed by the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.
Director: Dr. M. Catherine Aime, maime@purdue.edu
Curator of Fungi: Dr. D. Rabern Simmons, simmondr@purdue.edu, 765-494-4623
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 June 2021
Digital Metadata: EML File
Kriebel Herbarium
Lilly Hall of Life Sci​ences Purdue University
915 W State St., G-447
West Lafayette, Indiana   47907
765-494-4623 or 765-496-7853
Collection Statistics
  • 23,286 specimen records
  • 20,812 (89%) georeferenced
  • 15,341 (66%) with images (15,588 total images)
  • 23 GenBank genetic references
  • 17,495 (75%) identified to species
  • 399 families
  • 1,481 genera
  • 7,604 species
  • 7,632 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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