The USF Herbarium is a botanical collection used for research and teaching purposes at USF. Established in 1958, it contains over 300,000 specimens including plants, algae, lichens, and fungi. It is the second largest herbarium collection in Florida and focuses on specimens from Florida, North America, and Latin America, although it contains specimens from around the globe.
The USF Herbarium is part of the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and is located in rooms 9-10 (go down the stairs when you first enter the building) of the Multidisciplinary Complex (CMC) building, on the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. To visit the herbarium, you can contact the Herbarium staff to schedule an appointment.
The USF Herbarium works to scan and upload images of botanical specimens into the Atlas of Florida Plants. Click this link to be taken to the Atlas of Florida Plants where you can search for specimens and view images as well as information about the taxonomy and location of specimens.
Document describing the history of the USF Herbarium, including its planning, establishment, the various directors and curators who helped build the Herbarium, and the botanical collecting expeditions undertaken.
USF Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens at USF consist of 16 acres of biodiverse plant species and habitats, including a medicinal garden, a fruit orchard, a wetland forest, a Florida scrub habitat, and a Florida Native Plant bed. There are over 3,000 taxa of plants in the gardens as well as many animal and insect species, such as birds and butterflies. The Botanical Gardens are used for outreach, education, and research and there are lots of opportunities for students, teachers, and community members to get involved with the gardens.
Discover the activities available at the Botanical Gardens here on campus! Admission is free with any USF ID. The Botanical Gardens hosts multiple festivals throughout the year, as well as plant sales, beekeeping classes, yoga sessions, and outreach events. Volunteer opportunities are also available to interested patrons.
The newly formed Environmental and Conservation Outreach, Research, and Education (ECORE) system at USF oversees management of the USF Botanical Gardens, Forest Preserve, and GeoPark. Management of these areas helps promote research and education projects throughout campus.
The USF Forest Preserve is a 500-acre plot of wetland and sandhill habitat that houses a multitude of species. Check out research, teaching, and photographs related to this important wilderness preserve on Tampa's campus.
Initially set aside in 2001, the GeoPark is located on USF's Tampa campus just south of Parking Lot 19. The GeoPark was preserved as a prime example of a covered karst environment and for educational purposes.