[Taxacom] Type material of Carex leporina var. capitata

Peter B. Phillipson pphillipson at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 07:23:14 CDT 2012


JSTOR Plant Science http://plants.jstor.org/ aim to provide on-line scans of
types and other archival material (specimens and literature) that is held at
many partner institutions across the world. A quick search for Carex
leporine brought up various hits, but none obviously the type of var.
capitata - but it would be worth checking these out more carefully - some
may bear annotations by Sonder and may indeed be types. The Paris herbarium
is currently scanning its entire herbarium, types included, (pretty
impressive for arguably the biggest herbarium in the world!) - search here:
wwsonnerat. The Paris types are mostly on JSTOR if they have been recognised
as such, but many may have not, and an examination of the labels of the
scans often reveals previously undetected type material. 

Hope that helps.

Pete Phillipson

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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Jacob Koopman
Sent: 17 August 2012 10:26
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] Type material of Carex leporina var. capitata

Dear all,


I wonder if somebody could help me to find the type material of “Carex
leporina var. capitata Sonder 1850. Fl. Hamburg.: 489.” Otto Wilhelm Sonder
was a German who lived in Hamburg. So first I tried the Herbarium
Hamburgense from the University of Hamburg. Unfortunately they don’t possess
this type material. Bu the kind curator could tell me that Sonder gave the
bulk of his herbarium including most of his own collections from Hamburg to
the Melbourne herbarium where his friend Ferdinand von Müller was working.
So I tried Melbourne. Here the very helpful curator told me that it was MEL
(National Herbarium of Victoria) and not MELU (University of Melbourne) were
Ferdinand von Müller worked. MELU had already forwarded my mail. But MEL
replied that they have not got this type material either. So actually I
don’t know where to find it.


Another point of course is if there isn’t anything like a central
knowledge/administration of “all” type material. Quite a job to gather all
that information of course, but at least for one genus, Carex, it must be
possible to do so. I would be willing to co-ordinate such a task, but it
depends of course whether the Herbaria of the world do send me their
information on Carex types. I’m looking forward to your replies.







Jac. Koopman



Author of: Carex Europaea, volume 1:




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