The UCLA Herbarium was founded in ca. 1930, and contains approximately 140,000 specimens, almost entirely vascular plants, including the collections of Carl Epling, Harlan Lewis, Peter Raven, Henry J. Thompson, Jonathan Sauer, Elizabeth McClintock, and Lawrence Kiefer. Geographically, the herbarium collections include North American and European specimens, as well as plants of California, including a comprehensive collection from the Santa Monica Mountains.

Visitors seeking to use these collections for research purposes are welcome. Please contact us before visiting the herbarium to arrange space and resources. We are currently in the process of data-basing our collections. Many of our data-based specimens may be view through the Consortium of California Herbaria website. Loans of specimens are available through registered herbaria on request. Please contact Collections Manager Tom Huggins (huggins@ucla.edu) for inquiries.

The herbarium is open 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.  The entrance is located on the first floor of the Botany Building, which is located on the north side of the Mildred. E. Mathias Botanical Garden.  Short-term parking is available in nearby UCLA lots 2 and E.


Thank you to Philip Rundel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, for his generous gift that establishes the Philip Rundel Herbarium Library Endowment. This endowment will ensure that the library’s collection, located within a beautifully renovated herbarium in the La Kretz Botany Building, will be catalogued, curated and well-used. Read the full story here.

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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