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C. A. Taylor Herbarium (SDC)

Herbarium panorama

Our Mission

Our goals are to document the flora of South Dakota and Northern Great Plains through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of botanical specimens. These botanical specimens document biodiversity in space and time, providing valuable information for researchers, educators, and the public. Our research interests include the ecology and evolution of native and introduced plants.


What is a Herbarium?

A herbarium is a collection of preserved plant material that is stored, catalogued, and systematically arranged. Each specimen typically has associated metadata, such as the date of collection and locality. These collections serve as a point of reference for plant identification and research, and are used by professionals, land owners, and the general public. We also exchange and loan specimens with other institutions.

A specimen in Herbarium

History of the Taylor Herbarium:

The SDSU Herbarium dates back to 1881 and the foundation of South Dakota College. The herbarium was designated as the C. A. Taylor Herbarium in 1994 to honor Charles Arthur Taylor, Jr. who dedicated 40 years of his life to its maintenance and growth. A significant part of the herbarium is the many collections "Charlie" Taylor brought with him from the Ithaca, NY area and elsewhere. The herbarium at SDSU has grown to >60,000 accessions due largely to more recent floristic studies focused on such areas as the Black Hills National Forest, the Fort Pierre and Grand River National Grasslands, and wetlands of the Prairie Pothole Region. We are in the early stages of specimen digitization, with >14,500 databased (none imaged) thus far.



Dr. Maribeth Latvis (


South Dakota State University Herbarium

Dept. of Natural Resource Management

P.O. Box 2104A

Berg Agricultural Hall 330

Brookings, South Dakota   57007-0595

United States

[1] (605) 688-4515


Collection Statistics

  • 14,809 specimen records
  • 4,300 (29%) georeferenced
  • 13,875 (94%) identified to species
  • 186 families
  • 883 genera
  • 2,443 species
  • 2,975 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)