University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) is a Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The phycological collection is world-wide in scope and focuses on red marine algae of temperate zones. Important collectors include Max Hommersand, Fran Hommersand, and Paul Gabrielson. Ca. 30,000 specimens will be imaged & databased for the Macroalgal Digitization Project. Please note that algae specimens collected before 1995 by Max Hommersand were placed in formalin before being mounted on herbarium sheets. Paul Gabrielson's non-coralline specimens are a mix, and if pressed fresh this is noted on the specimen label. Gabrielson's coralline specimens were not put in formalin unless noted on the label. NCU also curates plant fossils (esp. Devonian), fungi (esp. collections of W.C. Coker & J.N. Couch), lichens, bryophytes, and vascular plants (esp. native flora of the Southeastern United States). NCU is open to the public & welcomes researchers. STATEMENT ON OFFENSIVE CONTENT ON SPECIMEN LABELS: Collection records at NCU may contain language that reflects historical place or taxon names in an original form that is no longer acceptable or appropriate in an inclusive environment. Because NCU preserves data in their original form to retain authenticity and facilitate research, we have chosen to facilitate conversations and are committed to address the problem of racial, derogatory and demeaning language that may be found in our database. Insensitive or offensive language is not condoned by NCU.
Contact: Carol Ann McCormick (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: e20ae18b-1a20-46ad-ab0f-8f5b63520f3e
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 53,549 occurrence
  • 50,897 (95%) georeferenced
  • 52,216 (98%) with images
  • 125 GenBank references
  • 43,209 (81%) identified to species
  • 186 families
  • 884 genera
  • 3,669 species
  • 3,842 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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