Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Wood Collection
Wood Collection

LOCATION

The wood collection (FLASw) of the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) is located at 379 Dickinson Hall in the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. Room 379 is in the west wing of the street level of Dickinson Hall on Museum Road, just west of Newell Drive. The on line UF campus map may help you locate Dickinson Hall on the University of Florida campus.

HOURS

Monday - Friday 9am - 12 noon; 1 pm to 5 pm, except for holidays and subject to staff availability.
This collection is available for consulation by researchers only by appointment. Please contact the Collection Manager to arrange for consultation of specimens prior to your visit.

MAILING ADDRESS (also see our complete Staff, Student and Associate Directory)
University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)
Florida Museum of Natural History
379 Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Rd.
PO Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800    USA

General Telephone #:  (352) 273-1990
EMail:                herb@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu

(See below for individual staff contact information and refer to our complete Staff, Student and Associate Directory for other personal contact information.)

STAFF (also see our complete Staff, Student and Associate Directory)

Curator of the Herbarium
- correspondent for administrative and grant-related matters -
Dr. Lucas C. Majure
Telephone: (352) 273-2102
Email: lmajure@[no spam]floridamuseum.ufl.edu
Projects/specialties: Systematics of Cactaceae, Melastomataceae, Dichanthelium (Poaceae); floristics in the Greater Antilles and SE U.S.

Manager of the Collection
- correspondent for loan, exchange, and collection database matters; scheduling a visit) -
Kent D. Perkins
Telephone: (352) 273-1984
Email: kperkins@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu
Projects/specialties: herbarium computerization and data management; endangered species; types of the UF Herbarium

Extension Botanist
- correspondent for the Plant Identification and Information Service and volunteering -
Marc S. Frank
Telephone: (352) 273-1994
Email: plantid@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu
Projects/specialties: Plant identification; horticulture and horticultural systematics; botanic garden collection management.

THE WOOD COLLECTION

Tetraclinis articulata wood sample

The University of Florida Wood Collection contains approximately 15,700 accessioned wood samples, approximately 1,000 unaccessioned wood samples, and 1,000+ microscope slides (thin sections, typically transverse radial and tangential views). Woods from all parts of the world are included with an emphasis on those of the tropics. The collection is actively used by researchers from the Anthropology and Paleobotany units in the Florida Museum.

The establishment of the wood collection is traced to 1938 as reported in The Annual Report of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.

"The herbarium has been conferred the honor of becoming one of 15 depositories in the United States for the authentic wood and herbarium material of economic trees of the United States being assembled by the School of Forestry of Syracuse University under the leadership of Dr. H.P. Brown. To date this comprises 260 specimens of leaf and flower material, 63 packets of fruits of plants represented in the above and 215 blocks of wood."

The collection was small and dormant for years until reactivated, reorganized and tremendously expanded in 1980 through the efforts of Dr. William Louis Stern. It consists of woods from North, Central, and South America, and many other regions (e.g., Taiwan, Hawai'i, Japan).

Important collections include:

There is still much work to be done with respect to cataloguing and organization in the collection. A card file arranged by family and species includes data for most, but not all, of the wood blocks in the collection. A volunteer has been verifying each card with the corresponding wood block and cataloging those data into a database. Steady progress is evident as we are currently (alphabetically) in the Rosaceae.

In 2019, we improved access to the collection by investing in new cabinets and rearranging the collection and room (views of the collection). Our future goals for this collection include:

The UF Wood Collection administrators are open to collaborations and grants to improve the access to and usability of the collection with a goal to increase the collections contribitions to research projects.

RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION ON WOOD COLLECTIONS