[Taxacom] Herbarium sequence revisited
emhaston at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 6 11:37:42 CDT 2006
Here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh we are
currently working on a linear sequence following
APGII, with some help from colleagues around the
world. This was prompted by our considering a shift to
using an APG system within the herbarium.
We plan to make this sequence available soon.
We are not yet considering hanging our cabinets on
Dr E M Haston
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Tel: 00 44 (0)131 248 2816
Fax: 00 44 (0)131 248 2901
E-mail: e.haston at rbge.org.uk
--- "Chapman, Alex" <alexc at calm.wa.gov.au> wrote:
> In PERTH, we are in the fortunate position of being
> able to build a new herbarium facility as the first
> stage of a new Biodiversity Science Centre.
> Our herbarium currently holds some 650,000 specimens
> but the new facility will be designed to hold double
> I know this has been asked before on TAXACOM
> (see Lemson (January 2002):
> and Stevens (April 1999):
> and much informative discussion was had, but I am
> wondering if attitudes may be changing with the
> subsequent publication of APG II and then the ATOL
> project, amongst others.
> My interpretation of these previous discussions is
> that most contributors believed that a systematic
> sequence (as opposed to alphabetic) was the
> preferred one if the opportunity arose, however,
> adoption of APG may be premature (as at January
> In June 2006, my feeling is that the basic ordinal
> framework is now strongly supported and unlikely to
> change topology in any radical way. However, as
> Peter Stevens acknowledged in 1999, "even with the
> APG system, there are very, very many ways of
> arranging families in a linear sequence".
> My question is - has anyone attempted to define a
> linear sequence of families aligned to the APG II
> ordinal framework (and below) and has it been
> implemented in a herbarium of reasonable size? If
> so, what is the user experience - for both curators
> and visitors. If it was considered but rejected as
> an option, what were the perceived problems (and
> what system was subsequently adopted)?
> Our team here would value any insights TAXACOM list
> members may have on this subject.
> Alex R. Chapman Email:
> alexc at calm.wa.gov.au
> FloraBase Manager
> Research Scientist Voice/Fax: +61 8 9334
> 0513 /0515
> WA Herbarium - Department of Conservation and Land
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> Australia 6983
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