Cryptogamic Herbarium

Curator with specimens

The Cryptogamic Herbarium in the department of Biological Sciences contains a broad range of organisms including mosses, liverworts, hornworts, lichens, and fungi. This collection has an estimated 222,500 specimens from around the world, with an emphasis on northern and western Canadian ecosystems. It is a fundamental resource for biological systematics and classification, diversity and conservation, biological monitoring and climate change, ecology, and paleobotany. The collection is a resource for academics, students, government, private organizations, and the public.

    As the University of Alberta is enacting additional safety measures regarding the state of public health emergency in Alberta, all museum collections will be closed until further notice.