Collection of herbarium plant BRGV - Suceava (Photo 1-2.) is in the form of dried and pressed plants which are arranged and labeled on A3 sheets and systematized a phylogenetic system (Photo 4).

Photo 1-2. Storage of specimens in the BRGV Suceava Herbarium

Labels of herbarium specimens contain the following data (Photo 3):

  • scientific and popular name of the species;
  • species-level taxonomic classification of genus, family, order, class etc.;
  • site collection name;
  • collection date and GPS data;
  • access number and collecting number;
  • summary data collected on plant habitat;
  • the person name who determined the plant;
  • plant code (representing the location of the plant in the herbarium - the cabinet number, row number of drawers and cabinet drawer respectively); Ex. COD 19.02.14 / locker no. 19, column 2, row 14.

Thus prepared samples are arranged in the 24 cabinets, each cabinet with 42 drawers (Photo 5). Organizational chart of herbarium specimens is a natural taxonomic classification focused on phylogenetic principles. The plants are arranged and grouped both by the degree of relatedness between them as well as their evolutionary relationships.

Photo 3. Label of herbarium specimens
Photo 5. Storage drawer samples
Photo 4. Herbarium sample labeled

Total number of entries (unique identification number) of the BRGV - Suceava herbarium is 1350, which covers 650 species of vascular plants classified in 37 taxonomic orders, 120 families and 315 genera, and 35 species of moss and lichens taxonomically classified into 9 families and 20 genera.

Herbarium samples include the following types of plants:

  • forest species (trees, shrubs, undergrowth);
  • crops;
  • crop wild relatives of cultivated plants;
  • fodder, medicinal and aromatic plants);
  • moss, lichens and ferns;
  • rare or endemic plants: Betula nana, Rhododendron kotschy, Campanula alpina Lilum martogon, Leontopodium alpinum.

BRGV - Suceava herbarium includes:

  • “auxiliary herbarium” containing specimens collected from outside the Romanian area including species of the genera Ononis and Lathyrus, family Ranunculaceae etc.);
  • “exchange herbarium” containing specimens used in exchange with other botanical institutions;

For each specimen, all herbarium collection data are inserted into BIOGEN database in Herbarium form (Photo 6).

Data are structured as follows:

  • General information: scientific and popular name of the species, collection site name, date of collection, name of collector and GPS coordinates;
  • Description of the collection area: elevation, slope, aspect, soil data, phytosociological data;
  • Ecological data of the species (Ellenberg indices): L-light regime, T-temperature, K – continentality (geographic region), U-soil moisture, R- Reaction (soil pH, or water pH)), N- Nitrogen (in effect a general indicator of soil fertility), S- Salt (quantity salt in the soil).

Photo 6. BRGV herbarium database form

We collect, study and preserve plant genetic diversity for present and future utilization.