Type Project Completed
undergraduate students, Allison Baker and Josh Brindley, completed an
independent research project tthat found all of the type specimens
housed at the Deaver Herbarium. A type specimen is one particular specimen or a
group of specimens of a plant to which a new scientific name is attached. The
Deaver Herbarium has almost 60 types that are now stored separately from the
general collections. These types have been cataloged, bar-coded, and photographed thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation. The images are now shared with the scientific community on the JSTOR Global Plants website.
New State Record Found
Herbarium staff members continue to increase the number of plant species known
to live in Arizona. In September 2012, the dwarf snapdragon (Chaenorhinum minus), a
nonnative species originating in Eurasia, was collected near Flagstaff,
Arizona, representing the first state record for this species. The dwarf
snapdragon is an annual that likes disturbed gravelly soils.