Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Collection Use Protocols

The University of Florida Herbarium is a museum collection of historic importance with specimens dating back into the mid-1800's. Collection access is managed to preserve the fragile specimens and the integrity of the collection. The Museum recognizes that a collection of this nature would serve little purpose if there were no use of the material whatsoever. Our guidelines balance collection use and conservation.

COLLECTION ACCESS

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FOOD AND BEVERAGES

INCOMING SPECIMEN PEST CONTROL POLICY

COLLECTION ORGANIZATION
Accessioned vascular plant collections are stored in our compactor room (385E). There are additional acquired herbaria collections (Angus K. Gholson; Rollins College; White Oak Plantation), mostly not accessioned, stored in other areas. Accessioned bryophyte and lichen collections are stored in room 385.

Compactor System

Specimen Arrangement and Filing

SPECIMEN HANDLING GUIDELINES

Herbarium specimens are fragile and most are irreplaceable. Some specimens were obtained by collectors who hiked and camped for days in remote areas. Some may represent rare plants with only a few specimens in existence.

Handling of Mounted Herbarium Sheets

Removal of Material from Specimens (destructive sampling)

Annotation Guidelines
Collection users are encouraged to annotate specimens whenever a determination may be improved and to document the use of the specimen in a project.

Unmounted Herbarium Specimens

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS