The Herbarium at the University of Montana
About the Herbarium
The Herbarium at the University of Montana is an irreplaceable resource for the study of the botany and plant ecology of Montana. It contains over 129,000 plant specimens and has the largest and best representation of the flora of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the world. The Herbarium is particularly well-known for its outstanding collections from the alpine and montane regions of Montana.
The Herbarium is a major repository of botanical specimens for researchers at the University of Montana, Montana Natural Heritage Program, Montana Native Plant Society, U.S. Forest Service, and private consultants. The Herbarium serves as a primary reference and data source in the region for these organizations. It also serves as a vital resource for rare plant conservation studies conducted by private consulting companies and government agencies. It is used by graduate students, professors, consultants and visiting researchers.
Through the loan and exchange programs, specimens are available to herbaria throughout North America. Also, UM students and faculty turn to the Herbarium for undergraduate training and graduate research.