University of British Columbia Herbarium (UBC)

The University of British Columbia Herbarium is the largest in Canada west of Ottawa, and is home to over half a million plant specimens from around the world. This collection is critical to the identification, monitoring, and conservation of plant biodiversity in British Columbia, and is an important resource for education and scientific research. The UBC Herbarium has five major collections: vascular plants (flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and their relatives); bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts); macroscopic algae (mostly seaweeds); lichens; and fungi. In addition to the world's largest collection of BC plants, our internationally recognized bryophyte collection is the largest in Canada. We also have important collections of Pacific algae, fungi, Hawaiian plants and tropical prayer plants.

Collections Curator: Karen Golinski,, 604-822-3344
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 29 June 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
The University of British Columbia
UBC Herbarium
6270 University Blvd., Rm. 1015
Vancouver, BC   V6T 1Z4
Collection Statistics
  • 35,234 specimen records
  • 20,642 (59%) georeferenced
  • 1,062 (3%) with images (1,494 total images)
  • 2 GenBank genetic references
  • 31,670 (90%) identified to species
  • 400 families
  • 1,431 genera
  • 6,471 species
  • 6,477 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics