Before Denver Botanic Gardens was established, the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants was founded by local plant enthusiasts working to document the wild and cultivated flora of Colorado through scientific specimens. Now 70 years old, KHD holds nearly 70,000 specimens collected across Colorado and the greater Southern Rocky Mountain Region. KHD also includes a small ethnobotany collection which documents how people use plants for medical and spiritual purposes, among others. 

Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plant specimens are discoverable online through SEINet, an external database used by herbaria across North America. 

Explore the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants (KHD):

  1. Go to swbiodiversity.org/seinet (called “SEINet”)
  2. Search > Search Collections
  3. Click Select/Deselect All at the top to deselect all the check boxes
  4. Scroll down to Rocky Mountain Regional Consortium and click the “+” next to it to expand it
  5. Click the box next to “Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium” to select it
  6. Scroll down and click Next
  7. You can either enter in search criteria, including by county (e.g. Denver), or, just click Search to see all our specimens.
  8. If you click Search without entering criteria, you will end up with “stub” or “skeletal” records which may only have the data and no picture, or a picture with no data. We are continuing to database our 69,000+ specimens to have our complete collection online.

Using specimen locality data, we’ve worked with collaborators to create species checklists for popular natural areas across Colorado.