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Grad student curatorial project: U-M Herbarium discovers unique specimens in decades old ES George Reserve Herbarium collection
Zombie plants!? Not exactly – but when Jacqueline Popma undertook the graduate student curatorial project at the University of Michigan Herbarium, little did she know she would be bringing many plant specimens “back to life.”
As is often the case in the natural world, the unseen can have outsized impacts all around us. Such is the case with microscopic fungi, or microfungi, which can have major consequences on the function and health of ecosystems.
Welcome to the Herbarium
The University of Michigan Herbarium is home to some of the finest botanical collections in the world. The 1.7 million specimens of vascular plants, algae, bryophytes, fungi, and lichens combined with the expertise of the faculty-curators, students, and staff provide a world-class facility for teaching and research in systematic biology and biodiversity studies.
Michigan Flora April Featured Plant
Stylophorum diphyllum - This is our only native yellow-flowered poppy. The distinctive fat-ellipsoid fruit with hairy body and long beak well distinguishes it from all other species we have in the family, native or not. Learn More
Michigan Flora Online
The Michigan Flora Website presents information about all vascular plants known to occur outside of cultivation. Information includes distribution maps, identification keys, discussions of species occurrence, and specimens documented.
We strive to support the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts on the front lines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, the Herbarium needs you—because the world needs Victors.