Massey Herbarium (Virginia Tech) (VPI)

The small bryophyte collection at Virginia Tech consists of about 3500 specimens most of which were collected in Virginia. New accessions are growing the collection slowly. Many specimens from southwestern Virginia were collected by Douglas W. Ogle and identified by David Breil, decÂ’d, formerly at Longwood University. These specimens were formerly at Virginia Highlands Community College, transferred to VPI in 2003. Proportionally, Sphagnum makes up a large portion of the collection, many having been determined by Lewis Anderson, and specimens come from across Virginia. Physiographically, the mountain region is best represented. VPI welcomes assistance with identification of additional unaccessioned specimens.
Contacts: Dr. Jordan Metzgar, Curator,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 5 April 2022
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 880 specimen records
  • 852 (97%) georeferenced
  • 12 (1%) with images (22 total images)
  • 867 (99%) identified to species
  • 89 families
  • 201 genera
  • 362 species
  • 402 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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