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The University of Florida Herbarium Collections Catalog contains information on 10,1312 specimen accessions (of ca. 450,000); last update: 30 October 2020.. The catalog contains mostly vascular plants entries. Algal, bryophyte, lichen, and fungal specimens are cataloged in their respective portals, except, at present, bryophyte and lichen type specimens are only cataloged in the UF Herbarium Collections Catalog and at the Global Plants site. The catalog is cross-linked with the University of Florida Herbarium Type Specimens Catalog where type details (e.g., place of publication) are provided. High-resolution digital images are available for selected specimens including type specimens, poisonous plants, rare plants and specimens collected for a variety of projects. Wood and seed specimens are not included in any catalog at present. The wood collection is being actively cataloged and will come on line eventually.

Special details concerning the catalog:

Entry Criteria | Use Policy | What's New | Inconsistencies and Anomalies | Future Plans |

Criteria Used for Selecting Specimens for Data Entry
Specimens are selected for cataloging based on thematic work, project work, and loan preparation. Example sets include:
  • Type specimens.
  • Rare (endangered and threatened) species of Florida.
  • Exotic pest plant species of Florida.
  • New specimen sets of University of Florida Herbarium affiliated collectors with label data prepared in accordance with our data standards.
  • Historic collections of J.K. Small, A.P. Garber, etc. as encountered in loan preparation.
  • Specimen data requests from researchers.
  • Project work: See our research project page for a list of projects. We are currently imaging all of our specimens from the Southeastern U.S. as part of an NSF Digitization TCN. These images will be on line in the SERNEC portal within a few more months.

    Use of This Information
  • All use of this information is governed by the University of Florida Herbarium / Florida Museum of Natural History Copyright

    What's New
  • Locality name search capabilities are now partially available. The locality name information is assigned in a special field ("locname") by our staff based on interpretation of the locality information in the original label data. Locality names are assigned for specimens collected in cities, towns, managed areas (e.g., parks, preserves, forests, botanical gardens) or other uniquely defined geographic places (caves, springs, mountains). The locality name field is not fully populated (i.e., many entries do not yet have a locality entered in this field). Not all entries will have a locality name. For example, "3 mi. w. of Wiersdale" is not within the boundaries of a locality name region.
  • A genus to family matrix has been developed to provide consistency in the placement of genera in families. Two user-selectable family delineation systems are available. The Englerian system is based on the Engler and Prantl classification system (with slight variations) chiefly as published in the Melchior and Werdermann 1954-1964 edition, "NCU-3: Names in current use for extant plant genera" (Greuter 1993) and the Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum) website. The modern system is derived from the combination of the work presented by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, recent molecular studies and Peter Steven's Angiosperm Phylogeny Website as interpreted by Walter S. Judd, Kent D. Perkins and others. Both systems are browseable via the collection catalog search page.
  • Bryophyte families are grouped into two pseudo-family groups: "Bryophyta: Musci" and "Bryophyte: Hepaticae". Lichens are grouped in the pseudo-family "Lichens". Most of the bryophyte genera are tagged to families in our in-house database, but this has not been deployed to the Web site.
  • A common name search is now available for Florida species.
  • Specimens with images may be searched via the digital imaging search.

    Known Inconsistencies and Anomalies
  • Species file names are inconsistent due to the importing of label data files from many collectors. Species considered to be synonymous by some authors may be listed under various file names. A scientific name dictionary is being developed to overcome this problems.
  • A location security flag is used to protect exact locations for endangered and threatened species. The default setting hides localities. We are working on unsecuring locations that are not endangered or threatened species. We are also working on a password system, so full locality information may be available on a case-by-case basis.
  • Not all of the id. info. in the report format is printing with Internet Explorer v.5.5sp2 even though it shows on the screen. We are uncertain as to the reason and extent of this problem.

    Future Plans
  • Species dictionary with cross-referenced synonymy and common names, at least for Florida species.

    [University of Florida Herbarium]
    University of Florida Herbarium collections:
    Vascular Plants | Herbarium Library
    Bryophyte and Lichens | Mycological
    Wood | Paleobotany (affiliated collection)
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    Page last updated: 16 December 2019
    Edited by: Kent D. Perkins, e-mail: kperkins@flmnh.ufl.edu
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