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A. C. Moore Herbarium

The A. C. Moore Herbarium of the University of South Carolina is an important part of the College of Arts and Sciences at USC (Columbia Campus). Founded in 1907 by Dr. Andrew Charles Moore and formally named in his honor in 1986, the original collection of dried, pressed plant specimens has grown steadily. Total holdings are just over 120,000 specimens, making this collection the largest of its kind in the state of South Carolina.

Researchers and visitors will find a diverse collection of vascular and nonvascular plant material primarily from the Southeastern United States and more specifically from South Carolina--although our holdings include material from around the world. Our herbarium web site features an on-line plant Atlas, including maps and images, of all the plant species known for South Carolina. For convenience, the holdings of the collection are easily searchable from the web site.

Among the dried specimens are historic collections of South Carolina plants from the Civil War era, part of the H. W. Ravenel Collection of Converse College. As a public resource, the Herbarium is an outstanding modern reference collection for identifying plants, including weeds that have been recently introduced into our state, as well as uncommon or threatened species. Now over 100 years old, the A. C. Moore Herbarium continues to be a resource for botanical knowledge, through teaching, research and public service.

The public is invited to take advantage of the Herbarium’s free plant identification service. Unknown or otherwise interesting plants (including weeds, houseplants, garden ornamentals, trees, shrubs, aquatic plants, etc.) may be sent to us through the mail, or an image (jpg format) via email to the Curator, John Nelson, at nelson@sc.edu. Plant samples may also be brought to the Herbarium, in Coker Life Sciences Building, Room 208, at 715 Sumter Street.

In calendar year 2012, herbarium staff answered 426 separate identification requests. For more information, call 803-777-8196.

 

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