Virtual excursions

P.B. Phillipson bopp at HIPPO.RU.AC.ZA
Fri Aug 2 10:04:04 CDT 1996

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Finn N. Rasmussen wrote:
> Hi taxacomers:
> I am planning to demonstrate the usefulness of the internet in an
> introductory lecture in systematic botany. I will show the students
> Lampinen's extremely useful "botany related URL's", some of the
> colourful institutional pages like MoBot and Kew, the "Tree of Life"
> and I will of course mention lists like Taxacom and Darwin.
> However, none of the plant things include sound effects. I wonder if
> not there are some  'virtual excursion' pages to nice rainforest
> sites where  you can click on some of the critters and hear what they
> have to say. It would sure startle the auditory.
> Thank you very much in advance,  Finn
>                       Finn N. Rasmussen
>                       Botanical Laboratory, University of Copenhagen
>                       Gothersgade 140, DK-1123 Copenhagen K., Denmark
>                       Phone: +45 35 32 21 55   Fax: +45 33 13 91 04
>                       Web homepage:
>                       Email: FinnR at

I don't know of any all singing all dancing sites as you ask, but I have
given a short course to our students on internet resources for botanists
and a workshop to southern African herbarium people, and suggest you
might find the following Australian site interesting for resources such
as distribution mapping and other plant taxonomic databases:

You may also be interested to know that we (Schonland
Herbarium/Rhodes University Botany Department/Southern African Herbarium
Working Group) maintain a few modest pages that may be of interest:

For a review of South African educational sites put up recently by the
Mail and Guardian Newspaper you might like to look at:

Peter Phillipson.

   Lecturer and Curator (GRA)
   Botany Dept, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa.
   tel.: (27) (461) 318598(work) 25351(home) fax: (27) (461) 25524.

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<P ALIGN=CENTER>Incorporating the Albany Museum Herbarium (GRA) and the Rhodes University Herbarium (RUH)
<b>Tel.: (0461) 22638 Fax.: (0461) 25524</b><BR><hr>
<li><a href="mailto:bopp at">Peter Phillipson</a> (Curator)<BR>
<li><a href="mailto:brink at">Estelle Brink</a> (Associate Curator)<BR>
<li><a href="mailto:botd at">Tony Dold</a> (Assistant Curator)<BR>
<li><a href="mailto:booi at">Alfred Booi</a> (Technical Officer)<BR>
<li><a href="mailto:amlv at">Louise Verwey</a> (Secretary)<BR>
<li><u>John Zenzile</u> (Technical Assistant)<BR>
Our logo is <b><i>Euphorbia bupleurifolia</i> Jacq.</b> one of the many
succulent species of the genus found around Grahamstown. It was
suggested and drawn by Albany Museum artist and succulent enthusiast
<STRONG><a href="mailto:AMJM at">Gerhard Marx</a></STRONG>.
Click <a href="leaf1c.html">here</a> for more information about this plant.
The Selmar Schonland Herbarium (GRA) was formed in 1993 by the
amalgamation of the Albany Museum Herbarium (GRA) and the Rhodes
University Herbarium (RUH). It is named in honour of the distinguished
botanist who did much to establish botany in South Africa, at
Rhodes University and the botanical collections at the
Albany Museum  in the late 19th century. The herbarium is affiliated to
<b><a href="">Rhodes University</a></b>, the
<b><a href="">Albany Museum</a></b> and the
<b><a href="">Range and Forage Institute</a></b>
(formerly Roodeplaat Grassland Institute) of the Agricultural Research Council.
Click <a href="leaf1a.html">here</a> for more information about the herbarium.
Today the herbarium houses just under 200 000 plant specimens,
making it the 4th largest herbarium in South Africa and the 9th
largest on the whole African continent. Taxonomic coverage is
broad, and although the majority of specimens are Angiosperms,
the herbarium has a very large collection of<STRONG> algae</STRONG>
based on <STRONG>M.A. Pocock's</STRONG> work. Geographically GRA
focuses on the flora of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa,
although collections from most parts of southern Africa are also
available, including the <STRONG>Jacot-Guillarmod</STRONG> Lesotho
material. The herbarium also has a limited number of specimens
from other regions of Africa and other continents. Collections of several
historically important collectors are present,
including <STRONG>Burchell, Ecklon, Flanagan, Galpin, MacOwan,
Pappe, Pegler, Rogers, Schlechter, Sim and Zeyher</STRONG>. The
herbarium is exceptionally rich in type specimens.
Click <a href="leaf1a.html">here</a> for more information about the herbarium
Specimens are normally available for loan to <i>bona fide</i> research institutions.
Loan requests should be made to the Curator in writing.
An electronic database is being developed for the herbarium, which
is available on-line throughout the University and the Museum,
but is not yet available on-line to outside users.
The Herbarium produces a newsletter <I><B>A Leaf from
the Herbarium</B></I>. It is available <a href="leaf.html">online</a>.
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<li><b><a href="">Botany Department Rhodes University</a></b>
<li><b><a href="">Rhodes University homepage</a></b>
<li><b><a href="">Range and Forage Institute</a></b>
<li><b><a href="">Southern African Herbarium Working Group</a></b>
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<P ALIGN=CENTER>This page was prepared by <a href="mailto:bopp at">Peter Phillipson</a>, last revised 10 June 1996



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