Range Science Herbarium (NMCR)
The Range Science Herbarium at New Mexico State University is administered through the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, and is separate from the larger Biology Herbarium (NMC) in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Range Science Herbarium houses about 28,000 specimens, about half of them grasses, emphasizing the flora of New Mexico. The collection is especially rich in Aristida and Bothriochloa, as well as being the voucher depository for several floristic and systematic studies of the past several years. It also houses a significant collection of New Mexico mosses.
The holdings of the herbarium are composed mostly of collections by Kelly W. Allred, curator 1979-2012, and associated graduate students. In addition, a significant number were contributed by K.W. Parker and J.O. Bridges in the 1930s and 1940s. Earlier collections by the staff of the University, particularly E.O. Wooton and P.C. Standley, are found in the Biology Herbarium (NMC).
The activities of the Range Science Herbarium are currently dormant, awaiting final decision about its future with the retirement of Kelly Allred.
Dr. Amy Ganguli
Department of Animal & Range Sciences, Rm 202, Knox Hall
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003