.National Herbarium of Rwanda (NHR)

The National Herbarium of Rwanda was founded in 1965 during the Belgian colonial period as part of the Institut de Recherche Scientifique en Afrique Centrale (IRSAC) which later became the Institut de Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (IRST) and subsequently the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA). It was officially transferred to the University of Rwanda in August 2018 to preserve the collection. The collection was moved and rehoused in a repurposed building at the University of Rwanda, Huye and reopened in December 2018. During 2019 the herbarium specimens were databased and an emphasis on digitizing the collection has been prioritized.

Presently, the herbarium holds more than 19,000 plant specimens with major plant collectors including G. Troupin, G. Bouxin, M. Radoux, G. Michel, B. Runyinya, P. Auquier, P. van der Veken, J. Mvukiyumwami, J. Raynal, J.Lambinon, A.R. Christiaensen, and P. Bamps. It serves as a national reference centre and research is primarily focused on plant taxonomy, distribution, plant use and the conservation of Rwanda and East African plants. Investigation in plant distribution has been based on specific forest inventory and landscape surveys. A library collection is housed in the herbarium and serves as an indispensable research source. The Herbarium staff offer plant identification service which can be used by local and international researchers as well as by interested members of the public.

The herbarium collection includes a small seed collection, specimens of lichens, ferns and lychophytes (mosses) and flowering plants. The primary objective is to preserve the accessioned specimens for long term storage and to maintain representative specimens of the complete flora of Rwanda.
Contact: Sandrine Uwase, Pascal Sibomana, and Michael B Thomas (herbariumNHR@gmail.com)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: f0ead043-217a-4cd4-9f4a-11e824cb8da2
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: University of Rwanda
Access Rights: Public Domain
National Herbarium of Rwanda
University of Rwanda
Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
P. O. Box 117
Huye, Southern Province   
25 078 857-6052
Collection Statistics
  • 19,536 specimen records
  • 4,817 (25%) georeferenced
  • 7,469 (38%) identified to species
  • 207 families
  • 965 genera
  • 2,157 species
  • 2,194 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics