H.A. Stephens Herbarium

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22 December 2016
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The H.A. Stephens Herbarium at Emporia State University was established around 1911 by a teacher who began preserving and cataloging local plants as an identification reference for students and the general public. Today the herbarium is a collection of more than 50,000 dried plants. These plants are a permanent record of regional flora, especially for the remaining tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Our mission is to document this biodiversity and to maintain the tradition of providing knowledgeable identification of plant specimens for students, scientists, and the general public.

Data Records

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

H.A. Stephens Herbarium (KSTC)


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 5325ba61-44e7-4d92-ac11-868b3294b3bb.  Emporia State University publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen


Benjamin Kerbs
  • Originator
Assistant Curator
H.A. Stephens Herbarium
Jean Schulenberg
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
H.A. Stephens Herbarium
+01 620-341-5896
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
R. Brent Thomas
  • Point Of Contact
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Emporia State University
+01 620-341-5608

Geographic Coverage

The majority of the housed specimens emanate from the Great Plains region, and the collection is especially focused the flora of the remnant tallgrass prairie in Kansas.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Taxa in particular abundance: Cyperaceae, Poaceae, Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae

Kingdom Plantae

Additional Metadata

KTSC is currently in the process of digitizing the collection in a Specify database and publishing data as it becomes available. Although KSTC routinely updates their data, outdated taxonomic names, mistaken specimen identifications, erroneous localities, and other problems inevitably occur. Investigators should verify data by direct examination of specimens, and notify KSTC if discrepancies are found. Ratibida logo adapted from Helen Sharp watercolor, from the Rare Book Collection of the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Alternative Identifiers 5325ba61-44e7-4d92-ac11-868b3294b3bb