Kriebel Herbarium Overview​

Family No. Genus No.
Poaceae 6090 Carex 1374
Asteraceae 5379 Dichanthelium 769
Cyperaceae 2413 Solidago 605
Liliaceae 1159 Symphyotrichum 483
Scrophulariaceae 1088 Salix 439
Salicaceae 555 Polygonum 406
Table 1. Families and genera with the largest representation in the cataloged portion of the Kriebel Herbarium.

To date, 25% of the Kriebel Herbarium has been databased. This includes 4365 species from 1053 genera and 170 families of algae, ferns and “higher” plants. The six most represented families and genera in the databased Kriebel are listed in Table 1.​


As J. C. Arthur wished that the holdings of the Arthur Fungarium be restricted in perpetuity to the rust fungi, specimens of all other species of fungi are kept in the Kriebel Herbarium. ​Of the approximately 2,500 cataloged fungi in the Kriebel there are 1163 species distributed across 433 genera. The Kriebel also houses approximately 25,000 exssicati specimens.

Algae and Bryophytes

Over 1,300 specimens of bryophytes in the collection have been cataloged. The algae and lichen collection is made up of a few hundred specimens.

Vascular Plants

A total of 398 Isotype specimens of vascular plants from the Kriebel Herbarium were recently cataloged and imaged in 2012 as part of the Global Plants Initiative, these typee specimens were part of the Eli Lilly & Co. pharmaceutical collecion donated to Purdue. There are appro​ximately 70,000 vascualr plant specimens in the Kriebel, and roughly half the collection is from the Great Lakes (IllinoisIndianaMichiganMinnesotaNew YorkOhioPennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario).

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Figure 1. Presentation of the collection times of the cataloged specimens in the Kriebel Herbarium.

A large number of the Kriebel specimens were collected in the 19th and 20th centuries. Based on the existing documentation about the herbarium, the majority of specimens were collected from 1930–1969 with very little activity post1970. Information about the age of​ the specimens in the cataloged portion of the collection is shown in Figure 1. ​​​​