The Botany department is the largest Herbarium in the English-speaking Caribbean region. The herbarium holds over 130,000 specimens of flowering plants, algae, fungi, lichens, mosses and ferns. The specimens are mainly from Jamaica, West Indies and continental areas bordering the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The herbarium also houses collections of wood, seeds and fruits which are primarily Jamaican specimens.
The Department’s sole concern is not only to preserve specimens, but to also participate in botanical research conducted in Jamaica. One of its missions is to improve areas of research in this field, with increased modern technologies. Improved technologies increases the scope and areas that research can be conducted.
It is also an objective of ours to assist in educating Jamaicans and the wider region about the importance of the flora of Jamaica.