Welcome to UVU Herbarium

Established in 1987 by Dr. Jim Harris.

Since its founding the Utah Valley University Herbarium has grown to over 18,000 specimens. The herbarium houses an ever expanding and irreplaceable collection of plant species representing ecosystems in Utah and North America. This specialized natural history museum is especially valuable to undergraduate researchers as it is an easily accessible, on-campus resource providing hands-on experiential learning for all students from all disciplines. Our vascular and non-vascular plant and lichen collections afford research opportunities ranging from biotechnology to field studies. The Herbarium is located on UVU’s main campus (800 W. University Parkway, Orem Ut. 84032) in room 277 of the Science Building (SB 277).

Herbariorum Acronym

It was a proud moment more than 20 years ago when the herbarium met the criteria to be accepted into the New York Botanical Garden, Index Herbariorum http://sweetgum.nybg.org/college-of-science/ih/. UVSC (which derives from the institution’s former name of Utah Valley State College) is the permanent acronym assigned by the Index Herbariorum. All other herbaria and museums know the UVU Herbarium by this acronym.

Plant DNA

A major goal in UVU’s herbarium is collecting and conserving new material with as little specimen perturbation as possible; using whole plant gluing on all new collections is avoided. The collection has never had the need for fumigation. These collections will provide high quality material intended for DNA extraction and supporting molecular taxonomic and phylogenetic work.

Index Seminum

UVU’s Herbarium and Native Plant Research Garden also have seeds to share via an Index seminum. This Index seminum is a free seed sharing program for academic research, research garden improvement and more.


Plant Identification book

Plant Identification Terminology


A paper

The Lomatium Grayi Complex of the Western States


Comparison of CTAB and Silica Membrane Filter DNA Extraction Methods on Herbarium Specimens Poster

Bryson Johnson, 2019

Adhesives and Other Affixing Materials in Herbaria Poster

Dasha Horton, 2019



Dr. Ashley EganAssistant Professor - Biology

My passion centers on understanding the planet’s biodiversity and the evolutionary patterns and processes that have shaped it. I am interested in the broad disciplines of conservation biology, plant systematics, population genetics, evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, bioinformatics and comparative genomics. As a systematist, I strive to contribute to the taxonomy, nomenclature, and classification of plant biodiversity. As a phylogeneticist, population geneticist, and comparative genomicist, I strive to contribute to the understanding of processes and patterns that have created biodiversity. In the plant kingdom, I am especially interested in the legume family (Leguminosae, Fabaceae) with an emphasis on the Psoraleeae and Phaseoleae tribes. Leguminosae is one of the most diverse plant families on earth and offers an excellent system for studying evolutionary forces and interactions. I am intrigued by such topics as invasive species, polyploidy, adaptation, speciation, endemism, biogeography, conservation genetics, crop domestication, and ethno- and economic botany. Research Foci Plant Systematics Phylogenetics Population Genetics Comparative Genomics Phylogenomics Conservation Genetics Floristics Bioinformatics Ongoing Research Projects Phylogenomics and Taxonomy of Phaseoloid Legumes Comparative Genomics of Pueraria and related genera Domestication History in Phaseolus Genetics and Evolutionary Implications of Polyploidy in Legumes Invasion History of Kudzu and its Genetic Sources Conservation Genetics of Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Legumes Ethnobotanical and Economic Botany of Tuber use if Leguminosae Flora of Thailand Project
Students doing research

Erin RiggsHerbarium Director-Curator

I love field working with undergraduate students investigating
  • Botany
  • Taxonomy
  • Morphology
  • Grasses
  • Museum curation
  • Research foci
  • Floristics
  • DNA fingerprinting exsiccate collections
  • Museum Conservation



Greenhouse Horticulture Facilities

This is a 2600 sq. ft. facility consisting of a headhouse and three climate-controlled greenhouses, including heating/cooling, humidity, and sun exposure. Maintained within the UVU greenhouse is a variety of living plant specimens used for demonstration in various botany and biology courses…

Capitol Reef Field Station

Capitol Reef Field Station

Capitol Reef Field Station, in partnership with Capitol Reef National Park, promotes and supports engaged learning, environmental ethics, and research and creative work through the exploration of the Colorado Plateau.

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College of Science

800 W. University ParkwayOrem, UT 84058Utah Valley UniversityMS 299

Herbarium Hours

Monday through Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm

The Herbarium is open to any visitor interested in learning about the collections or for consulting or plant identification purposes. Researchers wishing to study our collection should make arrangements prior to their visit. We also welcome home school visits by appointment.



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