[Taxacom] Herbarium sequence revisited

Richard Jensen rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Tue Jun 6 10:50:16 CDT 2006

Oh, Adolf - what a can of worms you (may) have opened!  Who cares indeed?
This will probably rain a torrent of replies from those who believe strongly
that a phylogenetic arrangement is far more useful and meaningful (emphasizing
the latter) than the alphabetical sequence you suggest.

Or, maybe I misjudge my colleagues.  Perhaps there is a tolerance of other
views that will temper the immediate urge to decry your overly simplistic


Dick J

Adolf Ceska wrote:

> Why not to apply the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid!).
> I suppose that most of the users know the alphabet, why not to use the
> alphabetical order?  The other option would be the Dalla-Torre index that
> has been used in many larger herbaria.  The herbarium is just a depository
> of specimens and the specimens should be found and retrieved quickly.  Who
> cares about the phylogeny when he is looking for Luzula pilosa?
> Cheers,
> Adolf
> Adolf Ceska, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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