College of Southern Nevada; Wesley E. Niles Herbarium (UNLV)

Founded in 1970 by Dr. Wesley E. Niles, the herbarium now holds about 70,000 specimens. Its primary focus is the vascular plant diversity in the Mojave Desert regions of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California. In 2023, the herbarium was transferred to the College of Southern Nevada.  It is housed in the building A of the Henderson campus. Important collections include those of T. Ackerman (Desert National Wildlife Refuge); J. C. Beatley (Nevada Test Site); V. Bostick (central and southern Nevada); D. Charlet (Nevada); I.W. Clokey (Spring Mountains); M.Kurzius, D. Schramm, P. Peterson, and C. Annabel (Death Valley, California, and Nevada); S. Meyer (southern Nevada); A. Tiehm, A. Pinzl, and H. Mozingo (central and northern Nevada); W. Niles, P. Leary, J. Holland, and J. Alexander (Nevada, California, and Arizona), and L. Stark (bryophytes of southwestern deserts).

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Curator: Matthew Mahrt,, 702-651-7515
Collection Manager: Marcus Hooker,, (702) 651-3131
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: bdfbd203-be3f-4e21-a494-ba44e5a5d7f7
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: College of Southern Nevada
Wesley E. Niles Herbarium
College of Southern Nevada, Henderson Campus
Department of Biological Sciences
700 College Drive
Henderson, Nevada   89002
(702) 651-7515
Collection Statistics
  • 67,611 specimen records
  • 9,327 (14%) georeferenced
  • 3,956 (6%) with images (3,956 total images)
  • 65,327 (97%) identified to species
  • 221 families
  • 1,547 genera
  • 6,694 species
  • 9,524 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
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