Type Specimen Catalog of Algae|
All type specimens of algae have been cataloged (approximately 2500 specimens) and are currently being imaged.
Funded by the Latin American Plants Initiative of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
these data will also be searchable through the Aluka website.
The phycological herbarium of The New York Botanical Garden contains about 140,000 specimens.
It was built primarily by Marshall Avery Howe,
phycologist and Assistant Director of the New York Botanical Garden, whose years at the Garden spanned 1901 to 1936.
Howe collected more than 35,000 specimens of algae in eastern North America, Panama, and the West Indies.
Howe was instrumental in obtaining the herbaria of Timothy Field Allen
and Frank Shipley Collins, the most important private algal herbaria of the day. Allen was the leading American student of the
Charophyceae during the late 1800s, and he built a collection of approximately 4000 specimens from North and South America, Asia, and Europe.
This herbarium was used extensively in the preparation of the monumental two-volume work, A Revision of the Characeae, by Richard D. Wood and Kozo Imahori.
In 1978, the Garden received Wood's charophyte herbarium (ca. 7000 specimens), and together the Allen and Wood collections make the Garden's
charophyte herbarium one of the finest in the world. Another area of taxonomic emphasis are coralline algae of the Caribbean region,
Howe’s particular area of research interest.
List of taxa available in the catalog
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