The UCF Herbarium was founded in 1968 for the deposit, curation, and study of preserved plant and fungi specimens. Vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and macro-algae can all be found in the collections of the UCF Herbarium. The growing collection includes over 20,000 specimens some dating back to the 1920s.
Most collections are from the Central Florida region (many from the UCF campus itself) but representative specimens from all over the world can also be found tucked away like hidden jewels. Many of the older specimens collected locally represent plants in habitats that have been lost due to development and thus serves as an important record of past biodiversity.
Some of the notable collections deposited in the UCF Herbarium include those made by Mary Singeltary, Harvey A. Miller, Sam Hopkins, Henry Whittier, and Paul O. Schallert. Numerous UCF undergraduate and graduate students have also donated specimens, many serving as vouchers for their research and theses.