Pinus taeda pollen cones

The University of North Carolina
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Weakley's Flora






Accessioning and Exchange Policy

The University of North Carolina Herbarium strives to increase the extent and value of its collections while balancing current limitations on storage space and specimen processing resources. Priority in accessioning into the herbarium will be given to specimens with the following attributes:

1. The specimen is well-prepared, with sufficient material to occupy a standard herbarium sheet, or a packet in the case of cryptogams.

2. The specimen possesses fertile structures and/or other critical identifying features of its plant group.

3. The specimen is accompanied by complete provenance data with a ready-to-mount label in permanent ink on 100% rag paper.

4. The specimen serves as a voucher for botanical research.

Labels and mounting are done in the herbarium using archival materials. Students or researchers who make their own labels should consult with herbarium staff about appropriate materials and methods to be used for specimens destined for incorporation into the University of North Carolina Herbarium.

New acquisitions result primarily from:
1) local and regional collections by students and professional botanists

2) standing exchange programs with other herbaria worldwide

3) specimens sent as gifts for determination to University of North Carolina researchers

4) gifts from non-academic professionals and native plant enthusiasts. The value of the collection can be enhanced most effectively by adding to our representation in the following areas:

• Collections from the southeastern United States, particularly uncommon or under-collected taxa from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, or Georgia, or from under-collected regions of those states.

• Groups under study by University of North Carolina botanists.

• Specimens of particular value in documenting biodiversity, plant distributions, and invasive exotic species in the Southeast.

• Specimens of genera and families related to those occurring in the southeastern United States.

• Vouchers for studies undertaken at the University of North Carolina


Curriculum in Ecology                 North Carolina Botanical Garden               Biology Department
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University of North Carolina Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931
fax: (919) 962-6930


Last Updated: 7 June 2004