Hitchcock Lab

Professor Hitchcock's Botany laboratory in Dickens Hall.

The doorway (left side) enters the Herbarium (ca. 1895).


Vascular Plants

Beyond historical material generally (dating from the 1830s), noteworthy collections include specimens of:

  • F. Lindheimer
  • J. B. Mead
  • C. Wright
  • a seed collection of over 2000 specimens (initially developed by herbarium researcher Linda Davis, whose work culminated in Weed Seeds of the Great Plains), and a taxonomic type collection of 240 specimens [holotypes and isotypes]




The Reed Bryophyte Herbarium owes its existence to the efforts of Gary Smith Merrill, a staff member at KSU in the early 1990s. The Reed Herbarium was dedicated in 1991, and named in honor of Mary "Minnie" Reed, author of the first published flora of the mosses of Kansas.

In 1886 she was one of the first women scientists to graduate from KSU. Reed collected and classified about 165 species of Kansas mosses. While at KSU, Merrill collected extensively, adding a large number of specimens. The collection now contains over 10,000 mosses, liverworts, and lichens.


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