The Louis-Marie Herbarium Collection

    The Louis-Marie Herbarium contains a collection of almost 800000 specimens, which places it amongst the principal Canadian herbaria. The Herbarium’s collection bears witness to the interests of the professors at Université Laval and to the Québec botanists, who use it as a preferred research and teaching tool.

    Some plant groups are particularly well represented in the collection, including Father Louis-Marie's Poaceae, the agricultural weed species, Amelanchier and Viola genera studied by Lionel Cinq-Mars, Roger Van den Hende's ornamental plants, the fungi of George Ola'h, André Cardinal's marine algae, the bryophytes of Fabius Leblanc and Ernest Lepage, the Sphagnum of Robert Gauthier and Line Rochefort, the arctic, subarctic, and boreal plants of Serge Payette, Louise Filion, Gilles Lemieux, Albert Legault, and Pierre Morisset, the plants of southern Québec of Miroslav M. Grandtner, and the invasive plants of Claude Lavoie.

    Other botanists have also contributed the growth of the Herbarium’s collection thanks to the total or partial integration of their collections. They include Colette Ansseau, Gilles Ayotte, Guy Baillargeon, Jean-Paul Bernard, Marcel Blondeau, Bernard Boivin, Francis Boudreau, Samuel Brisson, Jacques Cayouette, Charles-André Chamberland, Nicole Charest, Jean Deshaye, Jean-Pierre Ducruc, Maximillian George Duman, Arthème Dutilly, Philippe Forest, Alexandre Gagnon, Jean Gagnon, Gérard Gardner, Michelle Garneau, Benoît Gauthier, Camille Gervais, Pierre Guertin, Gisèle Lamoureux, Gildo Lavoie, Clément Leduc, Jean-Louis Lethiecq, Hugh O'Neill, Léon Provancher, Jacques Rousseau, Claude Roy, and Maurice Thibault.

    Recent acquisitions: In addition to contributions from individuals, the Herbarium’s collection has also be increased thanks to the integration of herbarium collections from the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS, 10 700 specimens in 2003), the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research centre in Sainte-Foy (nearly 3000 specimens in 2004), the Rolland-Germain Herbarium of the University of Sherbrooke (SFS, 120 000 specimens in 2005), and to a partial collection from the René-Pomerleau Herbarium of the Canadian Forestry Service (QFBE, 16 000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens acquired in 2005).

    The Louis-Marie Herbrium regularly accepts new collections. If you wish to donate a herbarium, please see "Accepting collections" for more information.

    Répartition des groupes dans la collection

    Accepting Collections

    Thanks to donations and exchange of specimens with other institutions, the Louis-Marie Herbarium constantly enriches it's collection.

    The homing of orphan collections helps to preserve the scientific heritage of the Quebec regions and elsewhere. Once the newly acquired collection is integrated into the Louis-Marie Herbarium, specimens will be available for consultation by students, professors and researchers, or by the general public. Specimens will be of use for botanical identification or to the various studies in multiple domains (systematics, biodiversity, genetics, phenology).

    The herbarium is accepting recent or older specimens, in good condition, from all the plant groups and from any origin. Specimens must be however accompanied of a comprehensible label providing at least the following information: species' name in latin, the location and date of harvest, habitat description as well as the name of the collector.

In the case of the donation of a personal herbarium, it is possible to emit a tax-deductable receipt (after the valuation analysis of the collection by the Herbarium).

    Please contact us for more information regarding donations.
    Telephone: 418.656.2131 ext.2544


Recently received collections

    Collection Jean Faubert - 10000 specimens

    Frères du Sacré-Coeur de Victoriaville - 1051 specimens

    Séminaire de Nicolet - 1675 specimens

    Collection personnel de Bernard Têtu - 1468 specimens

    Gray Herbarium (GH) - Harvard (exchange) - 66 specimens

    Royal Botanical Garden (E) - Edimbourg (exchange) - 171 specimens