Indigenous Names for Plant Species in the UVIC Herbarium

In summer 2023, we compiled a list of plant names in the Indigenous languages of southern Vancouver Island, for vouchered plant species in the UVIC Herbarium. This list is compiled from Nancy Turner’s 2014 book - Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. We have also condensed Nancy Turner’s guide to pronunciation and orthography to help those interested in learning these Indigenous plant names.

Local Plant Species Lists

We are engaged in an ongoing effort to compile vascular plant species lists for parks and greenspaces in the Greater Victoria area. Additions or amendments from users are always appreciated; please email them to .

Herbarium Workflow Resources

  • Handling Herbarium Specimens
  • Organizing the Herbarium
  • Inputing Specimen Label Data in the Database
  • Creating Specimen Labels
  • Mounting Specimens
  • Giving a Mounted Specimen a Unique Accession Number