Pittsburg State University, Theodore M. Sperry Herbarium (KSP)

The 50,502 specimens document the distribution and natural variation of vascular plants and bryophytes, primarily from Kansas, adjacent states, and North America, but also 60 foreign countries. Approximately 11,120 new collections have been added the past decade, mostly comprising student collections. Ca. 2500 specimens are backlogged, mostly from North America but also ca. 500 from Madagascar and many hundreds of bryophytes. Many specimens are unicates. Important holdings from abroad include the Democratic Republic of the Congo (T. M. Sperry), Peru (H. Tuomisto), Myrtaceae (H.S. MacKee and others from New Caledonia); Eugenia and Syzygium from Madagascar, Poaceae (worldwide), and 30 isotypes. Data for ca. 6300 bryophytes are on the Consortium of Bryophyte Herbaria (https://bryophyteportal.org) or this website. Phenological data (flowering/fruiting) are present for ca. 40 percent of the specimens; over 15 percent are vouchers for published research; and ca. 44 percent include geocoordinates. Student and volunteer curatorial assistance, as well as generous financial support from the National Science Foundation (CSBR 1756276), is gratefully acknowledged. Homepage: https://www.pittstate.edu/biology/the-sperry-herbarium.html 

Contacts: Neil Snow, nsnow@pittstate.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: f5306a80-6eea-437a-b681-f1140a6d86f7
Digital Metadata: EML File
Pittsburg State University
Department of Biology
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS   66762
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 44,195 specimen records
  • 19,300 (44%) georeferenced
  • 40,982 (93%) identified to species
  • 356 families
  • 1,918 genera
  • 6,151 species
  • 7,068 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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