How large is the herbarium?

It has been estimated that more than 300 million specimens are preserved in all of the world's herbaria (Holmgren, Holmgren & Barnett 1990). The largest herbarium in the world is the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France. The largest herbarium in the United States is located at the New York Botanical Garden. Although the Valdosta State University Herbarium is small by comparison with these herbaria, it is the second largest herbarium in Georgia and contains the most extensive collection of Georgia coastal plain plants in the state. The Valdosta State University Herbarium contains more than 65,000 accessions.  Founding dates and sizes of selected herbaria are shown in Table 1.