Plant Identification Service

Dennis Wise
Magnolia in full bloom in the Washington Park Arboretum early spring

The Hyde Herbarium provides free plant identification to the public. To have a plant identified, please email pictures of the plant with either flowers or fruit, along with a description of the plant and growing conditions to the herbarium at hydeherb@uw.edu. If your sample does not have flowers or fruit, we will try to identify the plant, but may not be able to accurately identify its species.

In addition to your photos, please: Download the Plant Identification Form and email us photos and a description of the plant and its growing conditions at hydeherb@uw.edu.

To mail a plant sample to the Hyde Herbarium, please fill out a plant identification form and mail to:

Hyde Herbarium, UWBG
University of Washington
Box 354115
Seattle, WA 98195-4115

Additional Services

Dennis Wise
Volunteers collecting for the Hyde Herbarium in the Arboretum

The Hyde Herbarium also assists students, faculty and staff with plant identification and plant keying. Herbarium staff can guide those with questions to appropriate resources and help navigate the collection of herbarium specimens.

Students and researchers are also encouraged to submit voucher specimens from their research to the Hyde Herbarium. Doing so creates a permanent record of the plant researched that becomes part of our main collection. The herbarium will process the plant specimens and provide long-term care to voucher specimens. For information on collecting and making voucher specimens, please contact the Collections Manager at hydeherb@uw.edu or (206) 685-2589.

Hyde Herbarium
A herbarium specimen (Tibouchina) after being dried and pressed

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