Type specimens

Monique Reed monique at MAIL.BIO.TAMU.EDU
Thu Oct 3 09:24:35 CDT 2002

It's been suggested that, in many cases, a good image of salient features can be as useful as the loan of a type. 

This is often true with flowering plants, especially in groups where the difference between species might be leaf shape, inflorescence structure, or something else that is easily visible.  

More than one botanist I know has taken to calling such photocopied (the 11" x 17" paper is conveniently about the same size as a standard herbarium sheets) or scanned-and-printed images "xerotypes"  or "xeroxtypes."

Monique Reed
Biology Department Herbarium
Texas A&M

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