New York State Museum (NYS)

The Bryophyte Herbarium of the New York State Museum includes mosses, liverworts, and hornworts and it serves to document these plant groups as they are represented in the New York flora. While most of the bryophyte collection is from New York, also included are significant holdings from other parts of the United States and from other countries. The total number of accessioned specimens exceeds 50,000.

The Bryophyte Herbarium has had a long history, and accordingly it houses numerous collections dating from the 1800s. Important historical collections include specimens from Coe Finch Austin, Elizabeth G. Britton, George W. Clinton, Roy Latham, John M. Macoun, and W. H. Wiegmann. An important nineteen volume bound set of bryophytes prepared by Lewis Caleb Beck includes collections that likely predate 1829. Other major collections are the results of research and studies by former state botanists and curators, Charles H. Peck, Stanley J. Smith, and Norton G. Miller.

Collections Manager: Diana Murphy,, 518-402-5350
Curator of Botany: Dr. James C. Lendemer,, 518-473-6511
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 December 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: New York State Museum
Collection Statistics
  • 34,210 specimen records
  • 465 (1%) georeferenced
  • 32,315 (94%) identified to species
  • 141 families
  • 565 genera
  • 2,375 species
  • 2,428 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics