University of Memphis Herbarium (MEM)

The original Raymond Athey Herbarium collection at the University of Memphis was orphaned in the 1980s. Approximately 60,000(?) specimens from the collection were transferred to TENN and EKY in the early 2000s, but many of the accessions were left behind. Beginning in 2014, the new University of Memphis Herbarium was built on the roughly 18,000 specimens that remained. The present collection consists of vascular plants from the Southeastern US, predominantly those of Kentucky (44%) and Tennessee (23%).

Current research and collection emphasis is on the plants of West Tennessee.

Contact: Darrell Brandon (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: fbad47d8-6a83-4e5c-bbfc-625c2516f81a
Digital Metadata: EML File
University of Memphis Herbarium
Department of Biological Sciences
Memphis, TN   38152-6080
Collection Statistics
  • 13,239 specimen records
  • 10 (0.08%) georeferenced
  • 12,976 (98%) identified to species
  • 211 families
  • 1,056 genera
  • 2,791 species
  • 3,059 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics