The TRTE Herbarium is administered and overseen by the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Our herbarium, founded in 1969, houses about 95,000 specimens of vascular plants, including the extensive collections of Paul F. Maycock and Peter W. Ball. Geographically, the herbarium’s main focus is on vascular plant specimens from Ontario, but important collections are also available from Québec and the Canadian high Arctic. Small quantities of specimens are available from all other regions of Canada, United States, Western Australia, New Zealand, and West Africa (Nigeria, Sierra Leone). Taxonomically, our herbarium is particularly strong in its representation of sedges (genus Carex), mainly from eastern Canada and, to a lesser extent, from elsewhere in Canada and the United States.
Visitors seeking to use these important research collections of the herbarium for monographic, floristic, or other plant taxonomic research are welcome. However, the Herbarium is open by appointment only, so please contact us before coming to visit TRTE. Loans of specimens are available through registered herbaria upon request.
Correspondence should be addressed to:
Curator of the Herbarium, TRTE
Department of Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
The herbarium is housed in room 1092D of the Davis Building. A map of the campus is available via the link below. There are two options for parking. The most convenient short-term parking is available at the lot 4 next to the Davis Building. A free visitor's parking permit may be obtained through the Biology Department at the request of the curator. To do this the curator must have advanced warning of your visit, at least one week, to process the paperwork. Visits of a long duration (>1 week) may require the purchase of a parking permit.