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Clemson University Herbarium

Welcome to the Clemson University Herbarium! An herbarium — a collection of dried, pressed and documented plant specimens — is an important research tool that can contribute to work in botany, biology, ecology, environmental studies, conservation, and other fields. The Clemson Herbarium is one of the largest collections in the state and serves as a more or less permanent documentation of the flora of South Carolina.

First organized over a century ago by a group of Clemson botanists to help them identify plant specimens for the general public, today the herbarium remains an important resource for the study of plants in the southeastern United States.

Herbarium Mission Statement

The Clemson University Herbarium is dedicated to the acquisition and distribution of information on the taxonomy, biogeography and conservation of native species of the southeastern United States. The herbarium is maintained as a research and educational tool available to Clemson University students, faculty and staff as well as interested individual researchers from throughout the world.

Accessing the Collection

The Clemson University Herbarium welcomes students, researchers, staff and visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Presently, we are located in the Bob & Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History, just behind Long Hall on the main campus. It is advisable to contact the curator, Dixie Damrel, in advance at ddamrel@clemson.edu to confirm opening hours.  Arrangements to visit at other times must be made in advance. Please feel welcome to contact the curator with any questions.

If you’d like to access the Clemson Herbarium’s collection online, it is now almost entirely digitized and freely available to the public, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. Using the collection has never been easier. You may access the Clemson collection (along with the collections of many other Southeastern herbaria) through the SERNEC portal. For information on the SERNEC portal and how to use it, click the Database link in the left margin.

Another good way to search our database is via Flora Caroliniana by using the Clemson University Herbarium Database.

Herbarium News and Features

The Clemson Herbarium is on the move!  We are elated to announce that our collection will soon be relocating to a newly refurbished area in Long Hall! There will be new cabinets and compactors, a classroom and more space to grow and be creative with plant-related projects, accommodating more students, researchers and other visitors. Check back soon to see pictures of the transformation of the space in Long Hall as it becomes the new home of the Clemson Herbarium.

In spring 2019, Dixie Damrel, curator of the Herbarium, explored botany, biomes and religious culture accompanying her spouse on a Fulbright Scholarship to Sri Lanka. Read her blog of this adventure!

Dixie Damrel, curator of the Herbarium, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work in Malaysia during Spring 2015. For a blog of this trip click here.