Brown University Herbarium (BRU)

The Brown University Herbarium was founded in 1869 when the University acquired the collections of the Providence Franklin Society and Stephen Thayer Olney. The collection includes around 100,000 plant specimens and is an important depository of Rhode Island and New England collections. It is also rich in western and southern North American plants and includes special sets of historically valuable specimens from 19th and early 20th century western US expeditions. Among other important collections, the herbarium also includes a full set of Charles Wright’s Cuban plants (1856-1867) and a unique and classic collection of Carex.
Contacts: Rebecca Kartzinel,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: c1da60fd-2e8c-40b4-adf6-8c886db4062f
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 12,645 specimen records
  • 12,471 (99%) georeferenced
  • 12,640 (100%) with images (12,641 total images)
  • 11,155 (88%) identified to species
  • 240 families
  • 720 genera
  • 4,400 species
  • 4,435 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics