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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University Herbarium


Established in 1953, the Western Carolina University Herbarium (WCUH) is a plant biodiversity resource and repository for preserved plant specimens collected primarily in the southern Appalachians and southeastern U.S. WCUH is the largest botanical resource in western North Carolina, with over 29,000 pressed and dried vascular plant specimens. In addition to vascular plants, we also have approximately 4,000 specimens of nonvascular plants and fungi (including lichens, mosses and fern gametophytes) and plants from outside the southeastern region and outside the U.S.