Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Philecology Herbarium (BRIT-BRIT)

The core of BRIT’s herbarium is the Lloyd H. Shinners Collection in Systematic Botany, begun at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1944. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas was formed in 1987 to house the transfer of this collection, which moved to Fort Worth in 1991.  Areas of geographic concentration encompass Texas, the southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. The BRIT herbarium holdings are worldwide in scope, and represent most of the earth’s plant families.

Herbarium Director: Tiana Rehman,
Collections Manager: Ashley Bordelon,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: fea81a47-2365-45cc-bef9-b6bbff7457e6
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Botanical Research Institute of Texas; BRIT/SMU/VDB
1700 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX   76107-3400
Collection Statistics
  • 516,931 specimen records
  • 41,489 (8%) georeferenced
  • 418,594 (81%) with images (427,454 total images)
  • 359,639 (70%) identified to species
  • 496 families
  • 6,093 genera
  • 21,134 species
  • 24,855 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics