Botanical Research Institute of Texas - Lichens (BRIT)

Over one million plant specimens are housed in the BRIT Herbarium (the combined BRIT-SMU and VDB collections), making this the largest independent herbarium in the southeastern US. The herbarium has strengths in the plants of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, the Gulf Coast, and the southeastern United States. However, these collections are worldwide in scope, and most of the EarthÂ’s plant families are represented here. Two of our current research projects, one in Peru and one in Papua New Guinea, have greatly expanded the scope of our collection of tropical specimens.

Director of Herbarium Collections: Tiana Rehman,
Herbarium Collections Manager: Ashley Bales,, 2142220002
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 44dd578c-3d94-49b6-a9da-1cec052653c4
Digital Metadata: EML File
BRIT Philecology Herbarium (BRIT-SMU-VDB)
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
1700 University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas   76107-3400
U. S. A.
[1] 817 332 4441 ext. 217
Collection Statistics
  • 1,136 specimen records
  • 132 (12%) georeferenced
  • 1,091 (96%) with images (1,161 total images)
  • 957 (84%) identified to species
  • 59 families
  • 142 genera
  • 441 species
  • 452 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics