Quaid-i-Azam University Herbarium (QAU-ISL)

ISL was established in 1974. It is now the largest herbarium in Pakistan having 180,000 specimens. These include 150 flowering plants plus many gymnosperms and non-vascular plants. The oldest specimens were collected some 50 years ago and 52 per cent of all flowering plant genera are represented in the collection. They have been collected from all over Pakistan including Gilgit-Baltistan, Salt Range, Galliyat, Deserts, Sindh, Baluchistan, Azad Jamu, Kasmir, and other parts of the northern Himalayas. The herbarium supports and promotes research on a wide range of environmental and biodiversity issues. Its holdings include many important endangered, rare and vulnerable plant species. The herbarium scientists are committed to making this important collection more accessible to botanists and others, wherever they may be, for use in their own projects: particularly in biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development. Currently, the herbarium is being used by projects in taxonomy, molecular systematics, revisions, palynology, diversity of wild vegetables and edible fruits, plants for biodiesel resources, medicinal plants and Himalayan, deserts and subtropical flora of Pakistan. The herbarium’s holdings may be consulted by anyone interested. Visitors routinely include foreigners, scientists, herbalists, naturalists, students and teachers from universities, colleges and schools. In this way, the herbarium plays an important role in promotion of natural history of plant wealth of Pakistan. Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, a plant taxonomist, Dr. Muhammad Zafar, a herbarium botanist, assisted by their post-graduate students, initiated digitization of ISL in 2018. The records are available through OpenHerbarium.org and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF.org) and are stored in accordance with accepted protocols. Individuals needing to view complete information for endangered, rare and vulnerable species should contact Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad for permission.
Contact: Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad (mushtaqflora@hotmail.com)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 546763b3-9e23-4d60-8050-525399907c92
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Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Quaid-i-Azam University
Quaid-i-Azam University Herbarium
Department of Plant Sciences
Quaid-i-Azam University
Islamabad,    45320
Collection Statistics
  • 32,683 occurrence
  • 24,321 (74%) georeferenced
  • 3 (0.01%) with images
  • 32,517 (99%) identified to species
  • 61 families
  • 496 genera
  • 1,080 species
  • 1,093 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics