THE HERBARIUM – A DATA SOURCE FOR ALLIUM GENUS SPECIES PUBLISHED

Scărlătescu Virgil, Vasile Diana, Voiculescu Ion diana_vasile@ymail.com
Allium is an extremely diversified genus that encompasses more than 750 species almost exclusively distributed in the North hemisphere (Mediterranean Europe, Asia, North America, South America and sub-Saharan Africa). The Allium genus includes some species that are economically valuable and cultivated worldwide, such as the common onion, garlic, scallion or chive. Other species have important medicinal properties or are used in horticulture. The purpose of this paper is to inventory the Allium genus species present in the Al. Beldie Herbarium from INCDS ”Marin Drăcea” Bucharest and describe some of them. The Herbarium host 111 plates that contain 56 Allium genus species. Most plates belong to Allium schoenoprasum L, Allium oleraceum L. and Allium ursinum L. and the most Allium genus species were gathered in 1932 and 1942. A large number of plates are signed by Al. Beldie, while others belong to S. Pașcovski, Al. Borza, C. C.Georgescu and were gathered from Italy (Naples, Sicily), Bulgaria, Alps or Pyrenees and from Romania from Bucegi Mountains (most of them), Băile Herculane, Iași, Tulcea. The herbarium offers a unique perspective for the Allium genus species in regard with their location-temporal dynamic. The information can be used as a starting point for comparing distribution changes from the past and the future.
gathered, genus, herbarium, properties, species
Sustainable Development, Environmental Engineering and Geomatics
Presentation: oral

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