Herbarium GB, University of Gothenburg

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Publication date:
02 June 2022
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This database contains information from Gothenburg herbarium, Herbarium GB. It is a university-wide research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg in the Department of Biology and Environmental Science. The collections include about 1 million dried specimens from all corners of the world. The vascular plant collection is dominant and comprises about 750,000 specimens, while the other 250,000 specimens are mosses, algae, fungi, lichens and slime fungi. The vascular plants contain a rich Nordic material, but also large collections from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and tropical South America. The latter collection reflects the department's more than 50 years of research activities in the region, especially within the Flora of Ecuador project, and which has resulted in the following families being particularly richly represented: Asteraceae, Cyclanthaceae, Heliconiaceae, Marantaceae, Rubiaceae and Scrophulariaceae. Among the non-vascular plant collections, the mushroom collection is the largest and comprises about 100,000 specimens. This mainly consists of base fungi from Northern Europe, a large part of which are wood-degrading crust and bracket fungi. The herbarium also has collections of Psathyrellaceae, Hygrophoraceae, Lycoperdaceae, Inocybeaceae, Russulales and Boletales. Assignments of coordinates to many localities are primarily generated through Sweden's Virtual Herbarium workflow (http://herbarium.emg.umu.se/), which includes transformations from Swedish coordinate systems as well as coordinates for centroids representing geographic or political units. The GBIF dataset is harvested from Sweden's Virtual Herbarium after these georeferencing protocols have been applied, indicated for each record in dwc:georeferenceRemarks where the relevant protocol has been documented.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 237,007 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Gustafsson C (2022): Herbarium GB, University of Gothenburg. v1.7. University of Gothenburg. Dataset/Occurrence. https://www.gbif.se/ipt/resource?r=gb_herbarium&v=1.7


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is University of Gothenburg. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: f8f35535-8c10-43fc-89dc-eb0843f25394.  University of Gothenburg publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Sweden.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Claes Gustafsson
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
University of Gothenburg
P.O. Box 461
Kevin Holston
  • Metadata Provider
  • User
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Claes Persson
  • Point Of Contact
University of Gothenburg
P.O. Box 461
S-405 30 Göteborg
Manash Shah
Database Developer
Swedish Museum of Natural History

Taxonomic Coverage

This dataset represents the digitized holdings of vascular plants, mosses, algae and fungi specimens at Herbarium GB.

Kingdom Plantae (plants), Fungi (fungi)

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1700s to current

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers f8f35535-8c10-43fc-89dc-eb0843f25394