herbarium is museum collection of carefully pressed, dried plants mounted
on heavy paper. Properly labeled with information about the plants and
where they were collected, a plant specimen in a herbarium is an irreplaceable
resource recording plant biodiversity and serving as a reference collection
for plant identifications among other uses. A properly preserved specimen
may last hundreds of years.
The Texas A&M-Kingsville Herbarium (TAIC) contains approximately 7,000 specimens of vascular plants. It was established shortly after the opening of South Texas Teachers College in 1925. The college name was changed to Texas College of Arts and Industry in 1929, and our official herbarium abbreviation TAIC derives from that name. In 1967 the institution became Texas A&I University and our most recent name change occurred in 1993. Throughout the years and the name changes the herbarium has remained as a resource for the study of the plant life of South Texas. Our holdings are primarily from the immediate area, predominately Kleberg , Kenedy and adjacent counties In addition to our vascular plants, we have through the work of Dr. Cynthia Galloway, large holdings of non-vascular plants such as Mosses and Lichens.
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