Herbarium UME is a public research herbarium encompassing approximately 300 000 specimens of vascular plants, mosses, algae, fungi and lichens from all parts of the world, but mainly from northern Sweden. Herbarium UME is run by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and is a member of NAMSA (Co-operation Forum for Swedish Natural History Museums).
The herbarium was founded in 1968 at the former Department for Ecological Botany. Originally, most material came from donations and exchange. Since then much material has been added from researchers collections, schools, private collections, inventories, local flora projects etc. The collections are still growing, and we are happy to receive material from any part of Northern Fennoscandia.
Our principal aim is to preserve plant collections from northern Sweden and to give active support to the botanical exploration of the region. We want to encourage a proper documentation of the flora in connection with inventories, flora projects and research work.
Starting in 2005, a database of the collections is being built up – The Swedish Virtual Herbarium. The database gives access to all entered collection data, for example species, collector, region or date.
Currently (2020) no major research projects are active.
Any botanist are welcome to visit the herbarium (address: Linnaeus väg 4). If needed you can get a short introduction and as a visitor you gain free access to the specimens, stereo microscope, microscope and literature.
Loans will be granted to researchers at botanical institutions, but the amount of material is limited. Researchers interested in a large material is called upon to visit the herbarium in person. Requests for loans should be directed to: Herbarium UME, EMG, Umeå Universitet, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sverige. See contact info below.
Higher plants in the herbarium - In the link you will find two files with the higher plants in the herbarium. Taxonomy and contents have not been updated since 2007 so it is not complete. Current work is mostly done on Västerbottens län. Those are not included here but a growing number can be found in the Swedish Virtual Herbarium.