Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Massey Herbarium (VPI)

The Massey Herbarium (VPI) at Virginia Tech is an active and growing collection that seeks to represent the floristic diversity of the central Appalachian and Mid-Atlantic regions. Building from a small teaching collection, the herbarium was established as a state repository in 1927. As of 2015, accessioned vascular plant specimens numbered 108,000. It is estimated that about 65% are from Virginia, the balance from all parts of North American, predominantly. Groups particularly well represented are ferns (especially Isoetes), Poaceae, Cyperaceae (especially Carex), and Asteraceae (Eupatorium, Packera, Solidago).
Contact: Thomas Wieboldt (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: f47e53b3-aa90-449a-87df-64f4d442f687
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 16,986 specimen records
  • 1 (0.01%) georeferenced
  • 15,952 (94%) with images
  • 16,809 (99%) identified to species
  • 94 families
  • 405 genera
  • 1,102 species
  • 1,223 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award 1410069