Herbarium Services



Specimen loans can be approved for anyone doing scientific research at a recognized institution. These loans are for a period of one year and are renewable. Destructive sampling of small portions of material for genetic studies, SEM work, etc. will generally be allowed, although prior permission must be granted. Contact the collection manager for more information.

The herbarium is now seeking exchange agreements with other institutions in order to diversify the collection. Specimens that would further its research of the plants of West Tennessee and the Lower Mississippi River Basin are also welcome, as well as specimens for ongoing research of the Asteraceae, especially the genus Antennaria.



Tours of the herbarium are given to classes, community groups, societies, and other educational institutions at no charge. These tours focus on how plant specimens are obtained and processed, how an herbarium collection operates, and the importance and uses of herbarium specimens and the information they provide. As space is limited in the herbarium, a group of 10 or fewer is suggested. For more information about tours, please contact Darrell Brandon.



Plants may be taken in person to the herbarium office (Ellington Hall 113) for identification. Specimens should be relatively fresh, have flowers or fruit if possible, and must be sealed in a plastic bag.

This service is performed as time allows and should not be used in cases involving poison emergencies. If you have a poison emergency call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222. If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.

You may also mail specimens to us for identification. Use a large padded envelope stiffened with cardboard. Place a generous sample of the plant, including any flowers or fruit, into the envelope along with your contact information and where you found the plant. Mail to:

Plant ID: Darrell Brandon
University of Memphis Herbarium
3700 Walker Ave, Room 113
Memphis, Tennessee 38152



The herbarium has plant press kits (a wooden press, two straps, 20 ventilators, and 20 blotters) that can be checked out by students and other University of Memphis affiliates at no charge; for others, a deposit of $50 is requested. The length of the loan will be determined at the time of pick-up, as availability is subject to demand. If needed, instructions on proper plant collection, preservation, and data collection can be provided.