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William & Mary Herbarium (WILLI)

About the Herbarium

The herbarium of William & Mary (WILLI) was formally organized in 1968, and has since grown to over 81,500 accessioned specimens representing most of our regional vascular plant species.  About one half of our collection has been generated by faculty and student research which includes the production of 29 floras and a diversity of other projects.  The remainder of the collection has been generated by exchanges with other herbaria, and gifts from individuals and agencies such as the Virginia Natural Heritage.  Our focus is on the southeast U.S., with special emphasis on Virginia's Coastal Plain Physiographic Province.  Download a brochure about WILLI.

ColumbineHerbarium specimens document the specific location and ecological setting in which a plant grew.  Multiple representatives of a species document the extensive variation in plant form present in nature.  This information is vital for the correct identification of species, and can facilitate a range of other studies in fields such as systematics, ecology, evolution, and conservation biology.  Researchers may consult the collection for their own projects by making arrangements with its curator or director.  Researchers outside the William & Mary community may inquire about receiving specimens through our loan program. For more information about herbaria, watch this Powerpoint presentation.

Contact Us:

Beth Chambers, Herbarium Curator
Phone: (757) 221-2213
Email: [[bhcham]]
Shipping information:

Mailing Address (US Postal Service only)

Beth Chambers, Herbarium
Biology Department
William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Shipping/Street Address (for UPS, FedEx, other private vendors)
Beth Chambers, Herbarium
Biology Department
William & Mary
Integrated Science Center, Room 3035
540 Landrum Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185