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Systematics/Phytogeography / Taxonomie/ Section

Dunn, Michael T [1].

Adoption of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Herbarium into the Cameron University Herbarium (CAMU).

The Cameron University Herbarium (CAMU) has been the regional repository for the flora of Southwestern Oklahoma and particularly Comanche County, since the 1960's and currently consists of approximately 7500 specimens. Recently, the management of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR) asked that their herbarium collections be moved to CAMU where they will be protected, and made available to the scientific community, the general public, and still be nearby and available to refuge scientists and technicians. The WMWR herbarium consists of approximately 2000 specimens collected between 1907 and 1970, and represents one of the few historical records of the flora of the region and as such serves as a valuable benchmark for recording change in the mixed grass prairie over time. The collection has been sent to Cameron as a permanent loan, so the WMWR will maintain ownership and can be assured that the collection will be safely preserved. Because of the scientific, cultural, and economic impacts of the WMWR on southwestern Oklahoma, this project will have a broad impact on the general public by protecting part of the vanishing natural heritage for citizens of southwest Oklahoma and the public at large. The adoption process includes annotation of each specimen, updating taxonomy, confirming identification and locality data, and repairing specimens as needed. In addition, each specimen will be entered into the Specify database and stored in color coded genus folders. So far, information gathered from the collections include new provenance data on a number of ferns, and records of numerous taxa that have not been reported at the Refuge for many years.

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1 - Cameron University, Department of Biological Sciences, Science Complex, Lawton, Oklahoma, 73505, USA

Mixed grass prairie
southwest Oklahoma.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 61
Location: 177/Law
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: 61006
Abstract ID:186

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