Searches in the Virtual Herbarium are by default word-based. The fastest searches are made by using whole words as the criteria. Wildcard characters can be used to find partial words, but search times will be significantly longer.
Use an asterisk (*) as a substitute for any number of characters in a word. (Example: "Rio*" in the Province/State field will return specimen records from "Rio Grande do Norte," "Rio Grande do Sul," "Rio de Janeiro," etc.)
Use an exclamation mark before a word to specifically exclude that word from the search. (Example: "Virola" in the Genus field and "!glaziovii" in the Species field will return all records of Virola except Virola glaziovii.)
Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases. Words not enclosed by quotation marks will be used to return records with all
of the words, but not necessarily in the order typed.
*The Scientific Name field searches the genus, species, infraspecies, and author abbreviations of a name.
Example 1: the search term "brevifolium" finds specimens of Panicum brevifolium, Linum brevifolium, etc.
Example 2: the term "Stafleu" finds specimen records of numerous taxa described by Frans A. Stafleu.
Author abbreviations can be found using Harvard University Herbaria's Index of Botanists.
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