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Specimens

The HF Herbarium contains over 3,400 specimens of just over 800 species collected locally over the last century (from 1908 to 2010).  Many specimens were collected in the first half of the 20th century, primarily during three periods: 1908-1913 (~10% of specimens), 1928-34 (~35%), and 1947-49 (~45%). Specimens collected at HF but originally housed in regional herbaria (HUH, MASS) or personal collections are also now included.  Modern flora was collected from 2004-2007 by Jerry Jenkins, Glenn Motzkin, and Kirsten Ward. Two digital databases, one describing the herbarium specimens, and the other describing the HF flora are publicly accessible.  The database is now searchable on-line in addition to the digital downloads below.  In addition, the corresponding detailed description of the historical and modern flora won the Ecological Society of America's 2009 William Skinner Cooper Award. 

In addition to specimens, the Herbarium holds hundreds of field and illustrative guides of local and regional vegetation and floras. 

Digital Guides

Jenkins, J. C., Motzkin, G., Ward*, K. 2008. The Harvard Forest Flora. An Inventory, Analysis and Ecological History. Harvard Forest Paper 28: 266. 

Jenkins J, Motzkin G. 2009. Harvard Forest Flora Database. Harvard Forest Data Archive: HF116.

Jenkins J, Motzkin G. 2009. Harvard Forest Herbarium Database. Harvard Forest Data Archive: HF117.