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Eckert Herbarium (ECK)

The Eckert Herbarium is named for the late Dr. Theodore Eckert, a distinguished teaching professor. He was the herbarium's first curator, and his specimens formed the basis of the original collection. The collection features the vascular and mycological flora of Western New York. The majority of the specimens date from the '60s, '70s and '80s; the earliest date from 1861 through the turn of the 20th century.

Our Collections


The Dr. James D. Haynes Mycological Collection includes approximately 2,500 specimens from New York State.
Download a complete listing of the Haynes Collection (.xls, 702 kb).

Vascular Plants

The collection of vascular plants includes about 14,500 specimens, primarily from the eight counties of western New York; there are also many collections from elsewhere in New York and North America.


The Eckert Herbarium provides access to a privately held collection of lichens from Western New York and Downeast Maine. The database also includes records of lichens from Western New York deposited at other herbaria.
Download a complete listing of the James Battaglia Lichen Collection (XLSX)


Visit the Eckert Herbarium

The Eckert Herbarium is located in the Science and Mathematic Complex (SAMC), Room 56. It is open Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to noon during the academic year or by appointment. Contact (716) 878-4609 (Thursday hours only) or Dr. Daniel Potts at (716) 878-9831.


What's happening at ECK? Read highlights from the herbarium's annual reports.


Herbarium Database

The Herbarium Database, an application for Microsoft Access, is used to create a simple, searchable database of herbarium specimens. In addition, the application allows the user the printing of specimen labels from records in the database. Its creators believe that the Herbarium Database may be most appropriately used in personal and small institutional herbaria. 

Download the Herbarium Database (.mdb, 532 kb)

Download a Simplified Guide to the Herbarium Database (.pdf, 91 kb)


Flowering Plants of Western New York

Photography by Lincoln Nutting

Flowering Plants of Western New York is a portfolio of 495 photographs of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and vines growing without cultivation in Western New York state. The portfolio frequently includes several images of a species including habitat views, general views, and detailed views of the inflorescence, flowers, and fruits. This non-technical resource is intended for use by educators, students, and naturalists. To assist this audience, the portfolio employs the two popular field guides to the flora of the Northeastern United States; Wildflowers of Northeastern/North Central North America (Roger Tory Peterson, 1968) and the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Lawrence Newcomb, 1977).


Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Science and Mathematics Complex 166
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5203 •  Fax: (716) 878-4028