H.A. Stephens Herbarium

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H.A. Stephens Herbarium


The H.A. Stephens Herbarium at Emporia State University was established around 1911 by a teacher who began preserving and cataloging local plants as an identification reference for students and the general public. Today the herbarium is a collection of more than 50,000 dried plants. These plants are a permanent record of regional flora, especially for the remaining tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Our mission is to document this biodiversity and to maintain the tradition of providing knowledgeable identification of plant specimens for students, scientists, and the general public.

Additional Information

KTSC is currently in the process of digitizing the collection in a Specify database and publishing data as it becomes available. Although KSTC routinely updates their data, outdated taxonomic names, mistaken specimen identifications, erroneous localities, and other problems inevitably occur. Investigators should verify data by direct examination of specimens, and notify KSTC if discrepancies are found. Ratibida logo adapted from Helen Sharp watercolor, from the Rare Book Collection of the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Benjamin Kerbs
Assistant Curator
H.A. Stephens Herbarium
Metadata author
Jean Schulenberg
H.A. Stephens Herbarium +01 620-341-5896
Administrative contact
Jean Schulenberg
H.A. Stephens Herbarium +01 620-341-5896


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Emporia State University

Publication Date

May 12, 2016

Registration Date

Dec 4, 2012

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The majority of the housed specimens emanate from the Great Plains region, and the collection is especially focused the flora of the remnant tallgrass prairie in Kansas.


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Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
Point of contact
R. Brent Thomas
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Emporia State University +01 620-341-5608
Jean Schulenberg
H.A. Stephens Herbarium

Taxonomic Coverage

Taxa in particular abundance: Cyperaceae, Poaceae, Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae


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