E. C. Smith Herbarium - Acadia (ACAD)

Today, the E. C. Smith Herbarium contains over 200,000 specimens, including vascular plants, bryophytes, and fungi. It is the largest herbarium in Atlantic Canada and the first Canadian herbarium to have a digital database with scanned images of the collection.

The Acadia Herbarium began as an initial gift to Dr. H. G. Perry of a small collection made by G. U. Hay of St. John, New Brunswick. Included in this collection were a few plants collected by J. Fowler of New Brunswick before he went to Queen's University. These first specimens were collected between 1868 and 1880. Some of the plants were cultivated and some were from the United States.

Subsequently, in these early years, the additions were made chiefly through the work of Dr. H. G. Perry and his students. No records were available until the collection numbered some 6,000 sheets. Included in the 6,000, however, are a number of sheets from the Gray Herbarium Expeditions to Nova Scotia in 1920 and 1921.

Director - E. C. Smith Herbarium: Rodger Evans, rodger.evans@acadiau.ca
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 19 September 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Acadia University
Cite this collection:
E. C. Smith Herbarium - Acadia. Occurrence dataset (ID: 16fe06a0-6783-405e-a2ac-536c60ea4b49) accessed via the New Brunswick Museum Collections Portal, /portal, 2024-07-20).
Collection Statistics
  • 9,239 specimen records
  • 3,492 (38%) georeferenced
  • 9,193 (100%) with images (9,193 total images)
  • 8,815 (95%) identified to species
  • 248 families
  • 705 genera
  • 1,360 species
  • 1,562 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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