Botany (CAS-BOT-BC)

The slopes of Colombia, China's Yunnan Province, the plateau forests of Madagascar, the fields of California - Academy botanists travel the world to discover new species, collect plants for our herbarium, and contribute to our extensive database. With a history of pioneering action that began in 1893 with botany curator Alice Eastwood, today's department is a robust collection of leading researchers, scientists, fellows, and students. Our resources include a 2 million specimen collection containing more than 11,000 types, as well as the John T. Howell Botanical Laboratory.
Contact: Emily Magnaghi (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 2 December 2021
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA   94118
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 630,261 occurrence
  • 137,923 (22%) georeferenced
  • 15,935 (3%) with images
  • 282,473 (45%) identified to species
  • 508 families
  • 1,284 genera
  • 73 species
  • 10,038 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics