Robert F. Hoover Herbarium, Cal Poly State University (OBI)

The Hoover Herbarium houses 85,000+ specimens of vascular plants, algae, lichens, and bryophytes. The geographic focus is San Luis Obispo County, California. The collection also includes many specimens from other areas of California, other states of the US, particularly Arizona, and some from other regions of the world, especially Mexico. Emphasis areas in the collection include Asteraceae, Lupinus, and cultivated Eucalyptus. Major collections include Robert F. Hoover (1946–1969), David J. Keil (1966–present), Rhonda Riggins (1970s–2000), Tracy Call (mostly Apiaceae—late 1940s–1960s), and Robert J. Rodin (1940s–1977). The collection is used extensively in undergraduate teaching and training.

Important Collections: Robert F. Hoover (1946–1969), David J. Keil (1966–present), Rhonda Riggins (1970s–2000), Tracy Call (mostly Apiaceae—late 1940s–1960s), and Robert J. Rodin (1940s–1977)
Contact: Jenn Yost, Director and Assistant Professor o (jyost@calpoly.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 6e0c2932-c99b-4ec6-a1dc-dfc71806c583
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 53,676 specimen records
  • 8,377 (16%) georeferenced
  • 3 (0.01%) with images
  • 51,517 (96%) identified to species
  • 232 families
  • 1,254 genera
  • 4,798 species
  • 6,096 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award 1410069