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Save the Emory Herbarium Rare Plant Collection

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
32 Gifts
Project has ended
Project ended on May 06, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Progress on our project

August 02, 2016

We've been hard at work preserving the specimens in our special granite rock outcrop collection. As they are repaired and digitized, they are continuously being loaded into the SERNEC web portal for public access. Take a look for yourself.

All of this has been made possible due to your generous support!  

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Thank you for your support

May 11, 2016

Thank you for supporting the Emory Herbarium Momentum project. Although we were unable to fully fund this project, your gifts will allow us to repair and digitize the specimens at greatest risk of loss. All of the specimens that we are able to process will be uploaded to the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) web portal for use in research, education, and for the general public.

Thank you again for all that you have done to help us raise funds for the Emory Herbarium. We hope that you’ll keep in touch! We are open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. You can always follow us online with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Visit our website for more information or to volunteer at the Emory Herbarium.

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In the home stretch!

May 04, 2016

Thank you so much for all your generous support for our campaign. Please continue to spread the news and help us make this campaign a home run!

Did you know that the Emory University Herbarium is on Instagram? Besides posting photos of our activities in the herbarium workroom, where students volunteer their time to repair and preserve our special collections of plant specimens, we also feature photos from the field!  > Take a peek

We’re in the home stretch! Please continue to spread the word.


Please help to support our rare plants on Earth Day!

April 22, 2016

Time is running out. Act now to save our rare plant collection! There are only seven days left until the end of our fundraising campaign. We have made tremendous progress. Thank you for your incredibly generous support and for sharing news of our mission with your friends and colleagues.


In addition to these rare granite outcrop plants, the Emory Herbarium is also home to many specimens of medicinal plants—some of which come from our beautiful state of Georgia. For example, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) has a long history of use as a medicine in Native American traditions for warts, respiratory illness, and more. Other plants of the Georgia forests, like Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), were also used in traditional medicine for warts, and compounds extracted from this plant were later developed into the important cancer drug Etoposide!


There is so much that we can learn from nature. On this Earth Day, please show your support to plant research and education by making a donation to the Emory Herbarium today!

Thank you and spread the word to save threatened ecosystems

April 14, 2016

Thank you so much for your generous support of our rare plant campaign. Please continue to spread the word and build momentum for our project. We need more contributions to reach our $10,000 goal.   

Your gift will not only help us to repair and preserve rare plants, but also help future generations learn about the changing ecology of threatened ecosystems.  

Thank you again for your support of environmental education and research at the Emory University Herbarium.   

​Also, be sure to check out the article on the Herbarium and our Crowdfunding campaign in the Emory News Center.  

Thank you!


The photo below is from a recent trip to South Florida where students collected plant samples for the Emory Herbarium.

Welcome to the Emory Herbarium family!

April 05, 2016

We are thankful for your generous support to help save our rare collection of granite outcrop species. Our goal is to prepare this collection for long-term use—as a digital and physical resource for research and education. Some of the oldest herbaria in the world date back nearly five centuries, and our specimens can last just as long, if not longer, with the proper care. In a time of population expansion, climate change, and other shifting environmental factors, there has never been a more critical period to preserve records of threatened ecosystems.

Please continue to spread the word and share your excitement for this important project.

Thank you!

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Black-Spored Quillwort

Black-Spored Quillwort (Isoetes melanospora) is an endangered aquatic species only found in Georgia and South Carolina. The granite pools serve as home to this unique and imperiled species. Your donation helps us to perform repairs on damaged, historic specimens of this species and many others in our collection.


Piedmont False Pimpernel

Piedmont False Pimpernel (Lindernia monticola) brings the colors of the sky to the rock below with its delicate light blue flowers. Your donation helps fund supplies necessary for mounting our rare and threatened specimens such as this one on acid-free herbarium quality paper for long-term durability and storage for future research and education.


Little Amphianthus

Little Amphianthus (Gratiola amphiantha) is a small aquatic beauty. Its white flowers can be spotted in the granite water pools. Your donation helps cover the costs of photographing specimens like this for inclusion in our web-searchable database.


Small’s Purslane

Small’s Purslane (Portulaca smallii) is a threatened species in the granite outcrop ecosystem. Your donation helps us update the names and labels of specimens in this unique collection.


Granite Stonecrop

Granite Stonecrop (Sedum pusillum) is dainty and beautiful, yet threatened due to its limited environmental range. Your generous donation will enable us to repair, mount, and image up to 50 specimens composed of this and other species.


Elf Orpine

Elf Orpine (Diamorpha smallii) brings vibrant color and life to the granite ecosystem. Your generous support will enable us to prepare 100 specimens from start to finish, ensuring their long-term conservation in our digital database and physical herbarium.

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