About our Collection
The McGill University Herbarium is the oldest research museum of dried plant specimens in Canada. Subarctic orchids, lilies from Ecuador, and medicinal plants gathered from Montreal before it was urbanized are some of the botanical treasures showcased at the collection. McGill staff and students alike have been cataloguing natural history at the herbarium for over a century and a half, preserving vouchers essential to understanding both past and present patterns of plant biodiversity.
Our collection is in the process of being digitized, several of our specimens can now be viewed and their data downloaded from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.