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Herbarium Label


Herbarium Label

An herbarium label records useful information on each collection, including the following:

  • Species name and authorities
  • The location of where the specimen was collected, often with map coordinates.
  • A brief habitat description.
  • The name of the collector.
  • The collection number assigned by the collector.
  • The date of the collection.
  • The name of the person who determined the identity of the specimen, and the date of the determination.

Additional information, such as soil type, water quality, or collector remarks are included under Notes or Remarks. Generally, herbarium labels are affixed to the lower right-hand corner of an herbarium sheet.

In the Northen Ontario Plant Database, official herbarium acronymshave been assigned only to Lakehead University (LKHD), Great Lakes Forestry Centre (SSMF), Laurentian University (SLU), and the Royal Ontario Museum (TRT). Smaller partner herbari have been assigned 3- or 4- letter abbreviations, as shown on the page "Accession numbers and herbarium codes and acronyms".

An accession number, which is the unique number assigned to each specimen in an herbarium, is either stamped on the sheet or included on a separate, smaller label. The official acronym, or name of the herbarium, is included with the accession number. Only herbaria with larger collections (over 10,000 specimens) are assigned an official acronym. In our Northern Ontario Database, official herbarium acronyms have been assigned only to Lakehead University (LKHD) and Great Lakes Forestry Centre (SSMF) herbaria. Acronyms and details on the larger herbaria in the world are recorded in the reference Index Herbarium.

If the specimen is identified incorrectly, the person who determines the proper identification attaches an annotation label to the herbarium sheet with the correct species name, along with his or her name and the date of the annotation. Sometimes, annotation labels will record information required for species identification.

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