New acquisitions result primarily from non-profit agency staff collections, exchange programs with other herbaria, gifts from native plant enthusiasts, and faculty, staff and student collections.
In general, our focus is to accession vascular plants, mosses and lichens from New Mexico and surrounding southwestern states and northern Mexico. We have an on-going exchange program with several southwestern herbaria.
Because of limited specimen processing resources and storage capacity, specimens submitted for accessioning in the University of New Mexico Herbarium should generally meet the criteria detailed as follows:
- Be well-prepared, with sufficient material to occupy a standard herbarium sheet (unless rarity dictates otherwise). Extraneous plants and dirt should be removed (note associates and substrate on label if relevant, not as part of the specimen!).
- Possess fertile structures and/or other critical identifying features appropriate to the plant group.
- Be accompanied by ready-to-mount labels (permanent ink on acid free paper) with complete label data.
In addition, we particularly desire obtaining:
- Uncommon or otherwise interesting plants from New Mexico. This includes range extensions, material from under-collected areas, and significant recollections or similar vouchers.
- Good collections from the southwestern United States, especially if uncommon or otherwise interesting.
- Specimens from Mexico.
- Asteraceae from the Pacific Basin, including Australasia. (Representatives of the Asteraceae)
- Cultivated material only if the locality of the wild source population is indicated and falls within the above criteria.
(Modified from the UC-Jeps Herbaria policy on donating specimens).