[Taxacom] Question about herbarium management

Peter B. Phillipson pphillipson at gmail.com
Thu Dec 1 01:02:09 CST 2011

Dear Vicinius

Sometimes a single herbarium sheet is not adequate to represent a specimen
of larger plants (e.g. palm species, but also many others), and it is common
practice to retain 2 or more sheets of a single collection with the
different representative parts of the specimen mounted on separate sheets,
each with a copy of the same collection label, and usually with each sheet
marked as: Sheet 1 of 2, 2 of 2, or 1 of 3, 2 of 3 .... etc. I am thinking
that this may be why you were send this voluminous material, and you might
want to consider this approach.

If this is not the case, then you might want to contact the sending
institution, perhaps the extra material was sent in error, or if not and you
decide to send it on to another institution, the sending institution might
like to correct there records - it is always good to know where duplicate
material has been sent, so much of this information is now databased and it
is good if this is updated, at Missouri Botanical Garden we are certainly
interested to know where duplicates of our collections ends up.

Pete Phillipson


Peter B. Phillipson
Africa and Madagascar Department
Missouri Botanical Garden

-----Original Message-----
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Vinícius Antonio de
Oliveira Dittrich
Sent: 30 November 2011 20:27
To: Taxacom
Subject: [Taxacom] Question about herbarium management

   Dear all,

   I’m curator of the CESJ herbarium, and I’ve a question concerning
duplicates: in some instances we receive duplicates from other herbaria
that are voluminous (e.g., with two big specimens that doesn’t fit in just
one sheet). In these cases, I think the best thing to do would be sending
one of those specimens to other herbaria, but these specimens are not from
CESJ. Is it advisable sending specimens to other herbaria that are not from
our institution? And (if the answer to the first question is “yes”): how to
manage this properly? (*e.g.*, what I’m supposed to do with the label? –
making a copy of it for sending would be good?). Any clues are welcome.

   Best wishes,


Prof. Dr. Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich
Curador do Herbário CESJ
Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
Rua José Lourenço Kelmer, s/n - Campus Universitário, Bairro São Pedro
Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil - CEP 36036-900
Office: 55 (32) 2102-3224
http://www.panoramio.com/user/vina <http://www.panoramio.com/user/56214>
Skype: vinacrt

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