The Arthur Fungarium and the Kriebel Herbarium are located in the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences at Purdue University (Room G-447). The Arthur Fungarium (PUR) specializes in collections of the Pucciniales, or rust fungi (formerly the Uredinales), while the Kriebel Herbarium (PUL) contains non-rust fungi, vascular plants, lichens, algae and bryophytes. We have over 200,000 specimens across both collections dating as far back as 1769.
For more information on each collection, including holdings, history and current projects click on a collection logo below.
"From a scholarly point of view, a herbarium is its own excuse for being, not only as a collection of plants that once lived, but as an edifice built by the curiosity and care of hundreds of individuals. In some ways, the collections resemble those ancient churches in Sicily, where the Greek columns were joined by Roman arches, topped with Saracen domes, and finished with baroque facades. Like such churches, a herbarium summarizes history. It records the human effort to penetrate the mysteries of nature, and the attempts of individuals to construct from apparent chaos an orderly system of thought."
Loan Inquiries & Visitor Information
We are working on making our collection information available online, in the mean time please contact us for questions or loans inquiries.
The Purdue University Herbaria are open to the visitors Monday to Friday, except public holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., twelve months a year. All visitors are requested to make arrangements at least two weeks prior to their visit (contact us). Please refer to our Vistor Policy for more details.
Dr. M. Catherine Aime is the current director of the Purdue Herbaria. For more information about our research visit our Aime Lab page