PLANTS FROM THE FORMER VLAŞCA COUNTY THAT ARE IN THE “ALEXANDRU BELDIE” HERBARIUM PUBLISHEDCătălin-Ionel CIONTU, Lucian DINCĂ None Ciontu_Catalin@yahoo.com
The paper aims to present the plants collected from the former Vlaşca county and their collection characteristics that are found in one of the most important grasslands of Romania - the “Alexandru Beldie” herbarium of the National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry “Marin Drăcea”. Vlașca County is a former first-order administrative division of the Kingdom of Romania, in southern Muntenia, located between Bucharest and the Danube, which is now mostly the county of Giurgiu. The county seat was Giurgiu. The county was located in the southern part of Greater Romania, in the southern part of the historical region of Muntenia. The county was bordered on the west by Teleorman County, on the northwest by Argeş County, on the north by Dâmboviţa County, on the east by Ilfov County, and to the south by the Kingdom of Bulgaria. Its surface coincides in large part with that of the present Giurgiu County, but there are small parts of it that are included in today's Teleorman County. In 1938, the county was disestablished and incorporated into the newly-formed Ținutul Argeș, but it was re-established in 1940 after the fall of Carol II's regime - only to be abolished 10 years later by the Communist regime.According to the 1930 census data, the county population was 296,412 inhabitants. The “Alexandru Beldie” herbarium of the National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry "Marin Drăcea" systematizes and presents different species collected from the former Vlaşca county, totaling of 71 species and 155 specimens, according to the place and the year of harvesting, as well as the name of the specialist who harvested the 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 species and samples from the Herbarium, collected from the former Vlaşca county.
Vlaşca County, herbarium, botanic collection, species