Systematics/Herbarium UME


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Herbarium UME

Herbarium UME is a public research herbarium encompassing approximately 300 000 specimens of vascular plants, mosses, algae, fungi and lichens from all parts of the world, but mainly from northern Sweden. Herbarium UME is run by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EMG) at the University of Umeå, Sweden, and is a member of NAMSA (Co-operation Forum for Swedish Natural History Museums).


Our principal aim is to preserve plant collections from northern Sweden and to give active support to the botanical exploration of the region. We want to encourage a proper documentation of the flora in connection with inventories, flora projects and research work.


Starting in 2005, a database of the collections is being built up. The database gives access to all entered collection data, viz. species, collectors, plants from certain regions or time periods can be searched for. Go to the database.


The herbarium was founded in 1968 at the former Department for Ecological Botany. Originally, most material came from donations and exchange. Since then much material has been added from researchers collections, schools, private collections, inventories, local flora projects etc. The collections are still growing, and we are happy to recieve material from any part of Northern Fennoscandia.


Any botanist are welcome to visit the herbarium (address: Linnaeus väg 4). After a short introduction, visitors gain free access to the specimens, and to microscopes. Long term visitors will recieve a key.


Loans will be granted to researchers at botanical institutions, but the amount of material is limited. Researchers interested in a large material is called upon to visit the herbarium in person. Requests for loans should be directed to: Herbarium UME, EMG, Umeå Universitet, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sverige, or sent as e-mail to


Ericson, Lars Professor emeritus (sea-shore plants, smut fungi)
Ericson, Nils Museum assistant (database, bryophytes)
Eriksson, Ove Professor emeritus (fungi)
Gilenstam, Gunnar (lichens)
Stenman, Katarina Museum assistant

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