“To document the flora of Alabama and the southeastern United States, to serve as a repository for voucher specimens from plant research conducted at Troy University, to serve as a reference for the identification of plant diversity, to facilitate and encourage both research and education in plant systematics and ecology, to provide access to the collection and its data by all research scientists, and to conserve and maintain the specimens therein for the future.”


The Troy University Herbarium exists for these purposes: to increase our knowledge of the plant life of Alabama, the southeastern United States, and the eastern United States by collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting botanical specimens.

The Herbarium’s specific areas of interest comprise the vascular and nonvascular plants of, in order of priority, south Alabama, Alabama, the southeastern United States, and the eastern United States.  Continental areas bordering the eastern United States are included within the Herbarium’s scope insofar as they contribute significant comparative materials.

The communities served by the Herbarium include the University community of which it administratively a part, the citizens of Alabama, and the national and international community of students and scholars.

To achieve its purposes, the Troy University Herbarium: Accepts and preserves collections of lichens, bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and angiosperms from the targeted geographic areas; Undertakes scientific research purposes related to the collections; Offers access and information to interested members of the community.