Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanicaNaverretia sp. recently collected from the Pipi valley in the central Sierra NevadaDavid Powers, Mark Silberstein and Carl Sharsmith collecting in Sonora, Mexico. 1972. Photo credit: Bob Kemp Ipomea arborescens (accession #5966) collected by Carl Sharsmith in Sonora, Mexico. 1972. Photo credit: Mark Silberstein

A legacy from Dr. Carl W. Sharsmith is the 17,000 sheet herbarium at San José State University which was built over the many years he taught here and the many years he worked full time as Professor Emeritus. The herbarium consists largely of California native plants, many of which he collected. Dr. Sharsmith made the final determination of each species and personally mounted each one so that key characteristics are easily seen.

Carl W. Sharsmith

A recent (January 29, 2015) list of our holdings is available for download as an MS Excel spreadsheet (2.3mb).