How many type specimens?

Finn N. Rasmussen finnr at BOT.KU.DK
Fri Jun 6 10:04:32 CDT 1997


I need a piece of trivial information for a popular text: How many
type specimens are stored in the biggest herbaria in the worl -
places like Kew,  St. Petersburg, NY, Paris etc.? Botanical Museum,
Copenhagen, believe that they have about 30.000. They are currently
registrating them in a database. Another question:
how many synonyms are supposed to exist for every currently used
name? Has anybody ever tried an estimate?
- Thank you 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
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