- 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.
- Split genus geographically and file species in geographic regions. The folders are typically color-coded.
- Alphabetical and geographic at the species level (may be color-coded). This may require more folders and take more space.
- Many alternative schemes such as the FLAS “Florida” system.
Arrangement guide for the University of Florida Herbarium Vascular Plant Collection.
- 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.
- 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
- Specimen Repair (see brief explaination in the FLAS mounting guide)
- Specimen Nomenclature Updates
- Pest Control and Fumigation