Support the Plant Atlas

As a non-profit entity within the University of South Florida, nearly all support for the Herbarium is procured via external funding. We are therefore subject to inevitable fluctuations of interest and economics by these agencies who cannot guarantee our continued maintenance.  You can help, however, because we are eligible to receive donations via the USF Foundation. Your valued contribution will help fund the mission of the USF Herbarium and the continuation of the Atlas of Florida Plants website. We rely upon this support to fund student research, field and lab work, and to purchase all curatorial supplies.

Tax-deductible donations can be made two ways: 1) check by mail or 2) online by credit card. All funds will go directly to the USF Herbarium. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Richard P. Wunderlin ( or Alan R. Franck (

1) To send a check, make it payable to the USF Foundation and mail it to:
Richard P. Wunderlin or Alan R. Franck
Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, ISA 2015
Tampa, FL 33620-5150


2) To use a credit card, go to this link to select the "420310 Cooley Botanical Research Fund". The Cooley Fund honors George Cooley, the founder of the USF Herbarium and close friend of the first USF president, John S. Allen.


The mission of the USF Herbarium is to promote basic research in plant systematics and to coordinate research, education, and service programs in plant systematics at USF.  The Herbarium staff maintain the Atlas of Florida Plants, which provides information on the 4,700+ native and naturalized plants in Florida to public agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, schools, and individuals around the state for environmental decision making and education. Continuing work at the Herbarium includes improving the online Atlas, updating the Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (the 4th edition will include about 100 more species with revised keys), publishing the descriptive Flora of Florida, compiling the bryophyte flora of Florida, and characterizing the local macrofungi. The USF Herbarium would not be able to accomplish all of this without outside support from numerous individuals and institutions.