THE PRESENCE OF ASPLENIUM GENUS IN “ALEXANDRU BELDIE” HERBARIUM FROM “MARIN DRĂCEA” NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN FORESTRY PUBLISHEDCătălin-Ionel CIONTU, Maria DINCĂ None Ciontu_Catalin@yahoo.com
Asplenium Genus is well represented within Alexandru Beldie Herbarium from „Marin Drăcea” National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry. This fact is consolidated by the presence of 92 vouchers that contain plants from this genus as well as by the information they include. The data refers to their harvesting location which covers almost the entire country and important names of specialists who have contributed to the collection’s development by gathering or identifying Asplenium plants. The present paper organizes and presents the Asplenium species present in the herbarium, reaching a total number of 16 species and 88 samples based on their harvesting place and year as well as the specialist who has collected the plant. Furthermore, additional criteria are also tracked, such as: drawer’s number, voucher’s number, botanic collection, specie’s name, harvesting date, harvesting place, the specialist who has collected and / or determined the species, and the conservation degree. This last criterion was placed on a scale from 1 to 4 with 1 meaning a very good conservation state while 4 represents a very poor conservation state. In addition, the most important Asplenium species from the herbarium are also described from the point of view of their abundance in the collection. The paper starts with a short description of the herbarium, followed by the presentation of the studied material (92 vouchers that contain 16 Asplenium species). This stage details also the materials and methods used for elaborating the paper, organizing the plants and describing the most important ones. The herbarium hosts a sample of a rare species mentioned in the Red Book of superior Romanian plants (Asplenium lepidum Presl.). Alternatively, the collection can take pride in old Asplenium plants with an historical value that were collected 180 years ago (Asplenium trichomane L, 1842). In addition, the paper represents graphically the plants’ harvesting periods as well as a map of their harvesting places from Romania. The conclusions present some remarkable aspects regarding the species and samples of Asplenium present in this herbarium.
herbarium, plants, flowers, leaves, botanists