About the Herbarium Project:
What is a Herbarium?
A herbarium is kind of like a museum for plant specimens, but instead of the specimens being on display, they are curated, stored and catalogued systemically. By storing, organizing and caring for plant specimens, a herbarium serves as a taxonomic database for thousands of plant species which can be accessed by many future generations. The specimens within a herbarium can aid in future research and education, and therefore is a vital warehouse in the scientific community.
The STAR Herbarium
The herbarium at Arkansas State University, named the STAR Herbarium, is located in the Laboratory Science East building in room 406. The collection within it comes from the regional Flora of Arkansas, as well as some of the adjoining areas. The STAR Herbarium serves as an active source of education for many students at ASU as well as a great taxonomical database for current and future educators.
The STAR Herbarium at Arkansas State University has more than 24,000 plant specimens stored within its cabinets. Impressively, some of the specimens date back as far as the 1880s, with the newest specimens coming from our present year.