California Polytechnic State University, Robert F. Hoover Herbarium (OBI)

The Hoover Herbarium houses 85,000+ specimens of vascular plants, algae, lichens, and bryophytes. The geographic focus is San Luis Obispo County, California. The collection also includes many specimens from other areas of California, other states of the US, particularly Arizona, and some from other regions of the world, especially Mexico. Emphasis areas in the collection include Asteraceae, Lupinus, and cultivated Eucalyptus. Major collections include Robert F. Hoover (1946–1969), David J. Keil (1966–present), Rhonda Riggins (1970s–2000), Tracy Call (mostly Apiaceae—late 1940s–1960s), and Robert J. Rodin (1940s–1977). The collection is used extensively in undergraduate teaching and training.

Important Collections: Robert F. Hoover (1946–1969), David J. Keil (1966–present), Rhonda Riggins (1970s–2000), Tracy Call (mostly Apiaceae—late 1940s–1960s), and Robert J. Rodin (1940s–1977)
Contact: Jenn Yost, Director and Assistant Professor o (jyost@calpoly.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 August 2021
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 87,599 occurrence
  • 51,303 (59%) georeferenced
  • 66,786 (76%) with images
  • 56,390 (64%) identified to species
  • 331 families
  • 2,125 genera
  • 8,526 species
  • 6,873 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics