The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is a global institute for the conservation and preservation of botanical heritage through education, research, scientific publications, and collections.
Our Mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.
Over one million plant specimens are housed in the BRIT Herbarium, making this the largest independent herbarium in the southeastern US. The herbarium has strengths in the plants of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, the Gulf Coast, and the southeastern United States. However, the collections are worldwide in scope, and most of the Earth’s plant families are represented here. In addition, two of our current field research projects -- one in Papua New Guinea and one in Peru -- have greatly expanded the scope of our collection of tropical specimens.
All public visitors are welcome. Staff assistance is required in order to use the herbarium or the library. Collections are unavailable for use when a staff member is not on site. BRIT offers tours, classes, exhibits, and more.