[Taxacom] Herbarium sequence revisited

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at alumni.wesleyan.edu
Tue Jun 6 11:33:31 CDT 2006

It depends on how people are going to be using it.  There's no question 
that it's easier to find things if they're arranged alphabetically.  
This is especially the case for non-botanists, since orders of plants 
(unlike insects) are not obvious to the casual observer.  Thus, if 
people are working mostly within a family or in only a couple, then it 
makes more sense to put the families in alphabetical order and post the 
phylogeny on the wall.  However, if people are mostly doing work among 
larger groups - i.e., multiple related families at once - then it makes 
more sense to put them phylogenetically, or at least alphabetically by 
order, and post an alphabetic listing of families on the wall.

Karl Magnacca
ESPM Dept., UC-Berkeley
137 Mulford Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

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