Herbarium

Database

The Chico State Herbarium (CHSC)

All of our specimen data, including an increasing number of images of the specimens, are available to the public at one or both of the Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH) web search pages (CCH1 and CCH2).

Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH):
https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/index.html

CCH1 contains data for all of the California vascular plant specimens from its 50 member herbaria. This site is tied closely to the Jepson eFlora project (https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/), and includes extensive mapping capabilities in general and particularly related to the eFlora. Although the data here for most herbaria is several years out of date, CCH1 will eventually draw its data directly from CCH2, which is the most up-to-date source of CHSC data.

CCH2 is where CHSC, and many of the other CCH member herbaria, actively curate all of their vascular plant specimen data, and thus is the most up-to-date record of our data. Images of our specimens also appear here soon after they get photographed, which is currently an active on-going process. Importantly, CCH2 also includes all of our non-California vascular plant specimens. Although not actively managed at CCH2, our bryophyte and lichen specimen records may also be queried there. Our extensive myxomycete (slime mold) collection is managed and available at a separate data portal (see below).

Database Progress Summary

HERBARIUM ACCESSIONS (CHSC) – as of October 21, 2020

  • 122,874 accessioned specimens
  • 119,611 specimens are databased – 93,816 are from California
    • Vascular plants: 102,818 specimens – 81,560 from California
      Database managed and query-able at Consortium of California Herbaria - CCH2 data portal
      https://www.cch2.org/portal/
    • Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts): 4,786 specimens – 3,360 from California
      Database managed and query-able at Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria (CNABH)
      https://bryophyteportal.org/portal/
    • Lichens: 1,591 specimens – 1,267 from California
      Database managed and query-able at Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria (CNALH)
      https://lichenportal.org/cnalh/
    • Slime molds (myxomycetes): 10,416 specimens – 7,649 from California
      Database managed and query-able at Mycology Collections data Portal (MyCoPortal)
      https://mycoportal.org/portal/
    • Macro-algae and fleshy fungi: Not counted, not databased – in need of a curatorial friend.
  • Plus 2000 recently mounted vascular plant specimens waiting to be accessioned, databased, imaged, and filed.