Herbarium Collections

Type Specimens

The Herbarium contains over 350,000 "type specimens" - the original specimens on which new species descriptions have been based. These specimens, some dating back to the eighteenth century, typify and fix a species name for all time, and are invaluable to researchers into the taxonomy and systematics of plants and fungi. Together, they represent a major and irreplaceable international asset. Type specimens are vouchers for plant names and, as such, are the essential reference point for a name that botanists consult in seeking to apply names correctly.

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Type specimen

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