Herbarium Pacificum (Bishop Museum) (BISH)

The Herbarium Pacificum (BISH) collection consists of more than 710,000 plant, algae and fungi specimens. Our emphasis is on Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin, but we also house representative material from other world regions. The collections of Hawaiian plants form the largest and most comprehensive assemblage of such specimens in the world, with approximately 187,000 specimens.

Numerous collections of major importance to Hawaii and Pacific botany and phycology are located at BISH, including those by H. St. John, F.R. Fosberg, O. Degener, J.F. Rock, C.N. Forbes, B.C. Stone, D.R. Herbst, W.L. Wagner, D. Nelson, U.J. Faurie, G.C. Munro, H. Mann, W.T. Brigham, I.A. Abbott, and M.S. Doty. Type specimens have been imaged at high resolution and are available online via JSTOR's Global Plants and are housed in a fire-protected room.

Collections Manager: Barbara Kennedy, bkennedy@bishopmuseum.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 18 December 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Bernice Puahi Bishop Museum
Access Rights: http://www.vertnet.org/resources/norms.html
Collection Statistics
  • 78,416 specimen records
  • 30,131 (38%) georeferenced
  • 34,216 (44%) identified to species
  • 431 families
  • 2,414 genera
  • 7,974 species
  • 8,108 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics