Herbarium Management


[University of Florida Herbarium]

  Upkeep and Organization of the Collection

  1. Collection Organization
    • Families: Circumscription
      • Modern (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, APGIII), Engler and Prantl, Bentham and Hooker, Cronquist.
    • Families: Arrangement
      • Phylogenetic: common systems: Engler and Prantl, Bentham and Hooker, Cronquist, modern based on APGIII or in clades.
        Pros: May be of help to plant identification.
      • Alphabetical by Family: You still must choose a system for circumscription of families.
        Pros: Generally easier for inexperienced users.
    • Genera: alphabetical or phylogenetic.
    • Species:
    • Issues:
      • Adding new families, especially new ones that don't "fit" the system.
      • Adding new genera.
      • Where to file cultivated plants? Under the original place of collection, if it is known? Completely separate from the collection?
      • Special collections: types, historic sets.
  2. Folders and Other Collection Storage Materials
    These materials must all be of archival quality and have a significant cost.
    • "genus" folders - > $0.50 each
    • "species" covers - ca. $0.25 each
    • custom made white, paper covers - ca. 0.13 each
  3. Specimen Repair (see brief explaination in the FLAS mounting guide)
  4. Specimen Nomenclature Updates
  5. Pest Control and Fumigation

[University of Florida Herbarium]
University of Florida Herbarium collections:
Vascular Plants | Herbarium Library
Bryophyte and Lichens | Mycological
Wood | Paleobotany (affiliated collection)
[Florida Museum of Natural History]

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