Vascular plants

Description of the collection

The general phanerogams herbarium is organised alphabetically by species, genus and family, divided into four major groups: pteridophytes, gymnosperms, dicotyledons and monocotylidons.

The work of BRUMMITT, 1992 (Vascular Plant Families and Genera), has been used as the basic guide, with the modifications described in Flora iberica. In the case of pteridophytes the criterion of PICHI SERMOLLI (1977) has been followed; for gymnosperms, that of MELCHIOR & WERDERMANN (1954), and for monocotyledons, that of DAHLGREN, CLIFFORD & YEO (1985). A computerised file exists with the families and genera recognised in our herbarium.

Within each species the sheets are grouped into coloured folders according to the continent from which they originate. The colours used are: North America, dark green; Central and South America, light green; Europe, white; Africa, red; Asia, yellow; South Asia and Polynesia, fuchsia; Australia, blue. The sheets which are identified only as far as genus are at the end of the genus section, separated by folders of the colours of their corresponding continents. The same applies in the case of specimens identified only as far as their family.

Separate collections of vascular plants

In addition to the general vascular plant herbarium there are a number of collections which are kept separately on account of their specific characteristics. To use these collections it is necessary to consult the herbarium staff.

Complementary collection
There is a separate collection of materials which cannot be stored on normal sheets (bulky fruits, fruit or flowers in liquid preservative, etc.) In the herbarium there is always an intercalated sheet with an orange label marked "Colección complementaria" (Complementary collection) and its sequence number in the collection.

Ceres Hispanica Herbarium

Collected by Lagasca and Rojas Clemente from 1803 to 1837. It comprises 3,000 sheets of wheat samples, 175 of oats, 190 of vines and 100 of olives.

Cavanilles type specimen Herbarium

This collection is stored in boxes arranged alphabetically by genera. Cavanilles used material from a very wide variety of sources for his descriptions: the Jardin des Plantes de Paris, Thumberg's travels, Sonnerat's expedition, Commerson's expedition, the collections of Broussonet, Neé, and Lagasca, as well as plants he collected himself.

Real Jardín Botánico
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