|Dr. Lowell Urbatsch
||Director & Professor, Biological
|Dr. Meredith Blackwell
||Mycologist & Boyd Professor, Biological Sciences
The LSU Herbaria are overseen by the Department of Biological
Sciences within the College of Basic Sciences. We also collaborate
with the LSU Museum of Natural History .
We study biodiversity--green plants, lichens, and fungi--
from the state of Louisiana and around the world. We maintain
a permanent reference collection within our herbarium that
documents the historical distribution and composition of the
local flora. We provide botanical information to researchers
and the general public via specimen and web-based interfaces.
We specialize in research on native and introduced plants
and fungi, their ecology, and evolution.
The herbarium is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday,
excluding university holidays. Please be sure to call ahead
to make sure someone is there to assist you. After hours visits
may be accommodated with advanced warning. Contact Lowell
Urbatsch to arrange a visit.
Plant identification and consulting services are available
from herbarium staff members. Under most circumstances a fee
is required (see our policy).
All proceeds go toward the operating costs of the herbarium
and the plant molecular systematic's lab. For more information,
please contact Lowell Urbatsch Requests
for collection of live material can occasionally be honored,
given that the recipient pays shipping and expenses.
We will send out loans to any institution recognized by the
Index Herbariorum. If you would like to request a loan, please
have your herbarium director/curator send a written request
to Dr. Lowell Urbatsch (contact form).
You may want to check the availability of specimens by searching
the database of our Louisiana collections.
We are seeking active exchange for new material, especially
from Louisiana and the southeastern U.S. We can offer material
from Louisiana and surrounding areas.
The LSU Herbarium is located in the Life Sciences Annex Building,
Room A257, on the corner of Highland Ave. and S. Campus Dr.,
in Baton Rouge. We are across the street from the LSU Union
in the center of campus. To visit the herbarium, call or email
ahead so that someone can assist.
Route 1: Exit at Nicholson Dr./Highland Rd. (Exit 155A).
Take Highland Rd. to Dalrymple Dr. (about 1.4 miles).
Route 2: Exit at Dalrymple Dr. (Exit 156B). Both eastbound
and westbound traffic will take a right onto Dalrymple Dr.
from the off-ramp. Take Dalrymple Dr. to Highland Rd. (about
Route 3: Exit at Acadian Thruway (Exit 157B). If exiting from
the eastbound off-ramp you will take a right onto Acadian
Thruway; if exiting from the westbound off-ramp you will take
a left onto Acadian Thruway. Take Acadian Thruway (which turns
into Stanford Avenue and then into LSU Avenue) to Highland
Rd. Take a right onto Highland Rd. Take Highland Rd. to Dalrymple
Dr. (about 1.8 miles).
Herbarium visitors can acquire valid parking permits at the LSU Visitor's Center on the corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive near the LSU Law Center. They will assist you with where you can park legally. Please do not park on campus without a permit or you could be cited and/or towed.