PLANTS CONSERVED IN "ALEXANDRU BELDIE" HERBARIUM – EPILOBIUM GENUS PUBLISHEDC.I. CIONTU1*, Maria DINCĂ2, I. CHISĂLIŢĂ1 Ciontu_Catalin@yahoo.com
Well represented within the Al. Beldie Herbarium from „Marin Drăcea” National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry, the Epilobium Genus stands out through its abundant number of plant vouchers, as well as through the information contained in them. As such, they relate to the harvesting places, covering our entire country, and renowned names of specialists who have contributed to the collection’s development. The present article organizes and presents the Epilobium species present in the herbarium based on their harvesting place and location as well as the specialist who has harvested them. Furthermore, the most important Epilobium plants are described based on their abundance in the herbarium or their rarity and endangerment in the natural environment. The paper starts with a description of the herbarium, continuing with a presentation of the studied material (98 vouchers containing 25 Epilobium species). This part also describes the used materials and methods, the plant’s systematization and the description of the most important ones. Within the Epilobium Genus, the herbarium hosts three samples of a species that appears in the Red Book of vascular plants from Romania (Epilobium alpestre jacq., Epilobium alsinifolium Vill. and Epilobium anagallidifolium Lmk.). At the same time, the Herbarium takes pride in its old plants that have an historical value and that were collected almost 180 years ago (Epilobium montanum L., 1842, Wolff). In addition, the paper graphically represents the plant’s harvesting periods as well as a map of the harvesting locations from Romania. The material presented above was then organized with each plant systematized based on more criteria such as: drawer number, voucher number, botanic collection, species name, harvesting date, harvesting place, the specialist that has collected and/or determined the species as well as the conservation degree. This last criterion was graded on a scale from 1 to 4, where 1 means a very good conservation state, while 4 represents a very poor conservation state. The conclusions present some peculiar aspects regarding these Epilobium species and samples from the Herbarium.
Epilobium, herbarium, species, botanists
Biology applied in Agriculture