The Vascular Plant Division of the University of Manitoba Herbarium (WIN) is located in Room 426 Buller Building and is open to visitors Tuesday 9:00AM-12:00PM and Wednesday & Thursday from 9:00AM-4:30PM. Please contact the Curator or Assistant Curator to arrange a visit.
Bruce Ford, Curator
Tel: (204) 474-6994
Elizabeth Punter, Assistant Curator
Tel: (204) 474-9208
About the Herbarium
The Vascular Plant Division of WIN supports an active exchange and loan program. We invite loan requests from other recognized botanical institutions.
Significant collections made in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries by resident Manitobans include those of A. H. R. Buller, Canon W. M. Burman, V. W. Jackson, C. W. Lowe, M. G. Dudley, H. Marshall, E. J. MacMillan, H. Macdonald, Rev. G. DeRuyck, A. Simpson and D. B. Sparling. Checklists of Manitoba plants, reflecting mainly the southern half of the province, were prepared by Burman (1909), Jackson et al. (1922), and Lowe (1943).
In 1948, H. J. Scoggan, from the National Museum of Canada, commenced a five-year botanical investigation of Manitoba by road, rail, canoe and plane. W. K. W. Baldwin (1953) accompanied Scoggan and carried out botanical exploration in the Reindeer-Nueltin lakes area of northwestern Manitoba in 1951. Together, these studies led to the publication of the Flora of Manitoba (Scoggan, 1957). The specimens upon which this flora is based are housed in the Canadian Museum of Nature (CAN) with many duplicates at WIN.
Botanical surveys conducted by B. Boivin between 1949 and 1960 formed the basis for his Flora of the Prairie Provinces (Boivin, 1967-81) with many of his collections from southern Manitoba found in WIN. D. Löve and A. Löve, faculty members in the Department of Botany (now part of the Department of Biological Sciences), University of Manitoba from 1951 to 1955, collected primarily in southern Manitoba. While some of their specimens are housed in WIN, as well as the University of Montreal (MT) and University of Colorado (COLO), many of their collections, including vouchers for chromosome counts, appear to have been lost. D. Löve and J-P Bernard (1959) compiled a flora of the Otterburne area (40 km S. of Winnipeg on the east side of the Red River) based on their fieldwork between 1950 and 1958. T. Mosquin collected in the Brokenhead area (northeast of Winnipeg) in the mid 1950s. J. C. Ritchie, a faculty member in the Department of Botany from 1955 to 1961, conducted investigations into the flora and vegetation of northern Manitoba. Some of his collections are in WIN but the majority are at the Royal Ontario Museum (TRT).
Since the 1960s, collections in WIN have been contributed by W. Krivda (The Pas), G. M. Keleher (southern Manitoba and Churchill), H. H. Marshall (Pembina Hills) J. M. Walker Shay (Delta Marsh), D. Punter (throughout Manitoba, especially York Factory), and J. L. Parker (Gilbert Plains and Duck Mountain). W. J. Cody collected extensively in Riding Mountain National Park in 1979 and 1983. The specimens collected during those summers are housed in WIN and the Department of Agriculture in Ottawa (DAO) form the basis for his book on the plants of Riding Mountain National Park (Cody 1988). The herbarium of the Dominion Rust Laboratory, M. Dudley (University of Manitoba, Department of Plant Science), and G. Jones were incorporated into WIN between 2000 and 2003. Other recent collections include those of B. A. Ford (southern Manitoba and Carex) and C. E. Punter (Birds Hill Provincial Park, the east side of Lake Winnipeg, northern Manitoba, and vouchers for rare plant surveys associated with environmental assessments). Specimens collected by M. Piercey-Normore, B. A. Ford, C. E. Punter and D. Punter between 2002-2010 as part of a botanical inventory of Wapusk National Park will be housed in WIN.
Around 2006, the non-vascular plants, lichens, and fungi were split off from the vascular plant collection and now form the Cryptogamic Division of WIN. Please contact Michele Piercey-Normore, Curator of Cryptogams, for more information on this collection.
In 2010 we began databasing the vascular plant collection in collaboration with the Canadian University Biodiversity Consortium (see Herbarium Projects).
Baldwin, W. K. W. 1953. Botanical investigations in the Reindeer-Nueltin lakes area, Manitoba. National Museum of Canada, Bull. 128:110-142.
Boivin, B. 1967-1981. Flora of the Prairie Provinces. Provancheria 2, 3, 4, 5, 12.
Burman, W. A. 1909. The flora of Manitoba. In British Association for the Advancement of Sciences. A handbook to Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, pp. 156-182.
Cody, W. J. 1988. Plants of Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba. Agriculture Canada, Research Branch, Publication 1818/E.
Holland, G., K. Ottenbreit, D. Punter, E. Punter, A. Shanks and R. Staniforth. 1996. Wild Plants of Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada. Manitoba Naturalists Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba. ECO Series 4.
Jackson, V. W., J. F. Higham, H. Groh, and C.W. Lowe. 1922. Checklist of the Manitoba flora. Nat. Hist. Soc. of Manitoba.
Löve, D. and J-P. Bernard. 1959. Flora and vegetation of the Otterburne area, Manitoba, Canada. Sven. Bot. Tidsk. 53:335-461.
Lowe, C. A. 1943. List of flowering plants, ferns, club mosses, mosses and liverworts of Manitoba. Nat. Hist. Soc. of Manitoba.
Punter, E. 1994. Inventory and annotated checklist of the vascular plants of the Manitoba Model Forest. Project 93-2-06, Manitoba Model Forest.
Scoggan, H. J. 1957. Flora of Manitoba. Bulletin No. 140, Biological Series No. 47. National Museum of Canada, Ottawa. [PDF]
Shay, J. M. 1999. Annotated vascular plant species list for the Delta Marsh, Manitoba and surrounding area. University of Manitoba Field Station (Delta Marsh) Occasional Publication No. 2, Winnipeg, Canada. 52 pp.
The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska
Canadian University Biodiversity Consortium
Flora of North America
Flora of Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Rare Plant Surveys
Manitoba Model Forest Inventory