UNM Herbarium Policy
Chamaesyce albomarginata, Erodium texanum, Rosa woodsii
© 2004 R. Sivinski
(Modified from the UC-Jeps Herbaria policy on donating specimens)
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:
In addition, we particularly desire obtaining:
- 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.
- 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.
The UNM Herbarium loans specimens to established, scientifically recognized
institutions for use in conducting taxonomic research by reputable scientists or their
graduate students. Loan requests should be addressed to the Herbarium Curator,
Timothy K. Lowrey, and include the nature of the research and proposed duration of the loan.
Requests should be sent on institutional letterhead. If using e-mail, the request should originate from
the supporting faculty member's e-mail account and addressed to Timothy K. Lowrey (tlowrey (at) unm.edu).
Loans are generally made for one year. Extensions of the loan period may be granted upon request
to the curator. Transfers of loans may be made with the permission of the curator. No
portion of the specimens on herbarium sheets may be removed without prior approval of
the Curator of the Herbarium.
Borrowing institutions must meet acceptable standards for security, storage environment,
and handling of specimens. Outgoing loans are always packed in acid-free species folders. We expect the researcher to
maintain the specimens in their original folders and not transfer them to newsprint or newspaper, as the acid and ink
are detrimental to the specimens. Returning loans should be packed carefully to avoid damaging
the specimens and insured at the minimum cost for tracking purposes.
Any publications resulting from the use of herbarium specimens should acknowledge the UNM Herbarium by our acronym UNM and
submit a copy of the publication to the UNM Herbarium.
© 2003 J. Mygatt