[Taxacom] Asphodelaceae destroyed (Herbarium W, Vienna, Austria)

Dr. Saw Leng Guan sawlg at frim.gov.my
Thu Mar 8 19:15:24 CST 2007

These are not beetle damage, more like silver fish or even cockroaches. The
specimens must have been kept in a rather moist area to have attracted such


Leng Guan
Dr. Saw Leng Guan
Tropical Forest Biodiversity Centre
Forest Research Institute Malaysia
52109 Kepong, Selangor
Tel: +603-62797218
Fax: +603-62731041

-----Original Message-----
From: Wallnöfer Bruno [mailto:bruno.wallnoefer at NHM-WIEN.AC.AT] 
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 10:47 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] Asphodelaceae destroyed (Herbarium W, Vienna, Austria)

A warning to curators of Herbaria:


Recently, a loan shipment of herbarium specimens of Asphodelaceae, sent out in
2002 to the Herbarium of the University of Seville (SEV) in Spain, was returned
to us (Herbarium W, Vienna, Austria) in an unacceptable state: most of the
sheets are heavily and irreparably damaged by the action of larvae of herbarium

We invite herbarium curators abroad to view some of the photos (see the links
below) and to consider measures appropriate for their own domain (e.g., ordering
back their loans sent to SEV, etc.).
















This almost complete loss is the more deplorable, as the original collection of
Asphodelaceae at W [Herbarium W, Vienna, Austria] was destroyed by fire at the
end of World War II. The list of families then lost can be seen at:



We at W [Herbarium W, Vienna, Austria] must now struggle to again re-build an
adequate collection of Asphodelaceae and would like to take this alert as an
opportunity to solicit the (and to thank in advance for any) assistance of
fellow curators who can send us any of their duplicates of that family, either
as a donation or on exchange.


When similar incidents may occur in the future, the curators of herbaria are
asked to alert also their colleagues through this forum. This would help to
prevent the unnecessary destruction of any further herbarium specimens.


Yours sincerely,


Dr. Bruno Wallnöfer

Curator of the Vascular Plant Collections

Naturhistorisches Museum

Botanische Abteilung

Burgring 7

A-1010 Wien


Tel.: +43-1-52177-556

Fax.: +43-1-52177-229

email: bruno.wallnoefer at nhm-wien.ac.at

homepage: http://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/nhm/Botanik/wallnoefer.htm


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