A collection of more than 8,000 plant specimens held at Yosemite National Park has joined the Consortium of California Herbaria, an online searchable database maintained by UC Berkeley.
The Herbarium of the Yosemite Museum has specimens dating from the early part of the 20th Century to the present day. Access to the collections in the Yosemite Museum is granted to researchers by advance appointment only, but the data is now available to the public in the online searchable database, park officials said.
Most of the collection contains specimens obtained between 1920 and 1960, but it is an actively growing herbarium with more than 3,000 vascular plant specimens added in the last 10 years. The herbarium is used for managing and protecting Yosemite's complex plant life.
It's the first National Park Service herbarium and the 22nd California herbarium to join the consortium, park officials said in a press release. The online searchable database can be found at http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/about.html.
-- Posted by Brandon Bowers