Guide to using the Cryptogamia Digital Herbarium


The databases hold detailed information about all the specimens in the so-called Cryptogamia Herbarium (which includes algae, bryophyte, lichen and fungi collections, but not pteridophytes). In total they include over 100,000 specimens

The online query page accesses the databases produced using the HERBAR application, which is in widespread use in herbaria in Spain and Portugal, making it easier to put herbaria using this program online. This means it has been possible to publish a large quantity of information about the botanical diversity of our collections rapidly in a common format.

Search help and results

Query options

The screen now allows unrestricted queries by taxon names

Information about the specimens
The information is supplied in two formats:

  1. When the genus and species are not specified, the data appear as a list of names with the herbarium numbers of the specimens matching the search criteria.
  2. When the genus and species are specified, the list shows all the information associated with each specimen.

Using wild cards and truncated text
The search form accepts truncated content and searches for words within the specified fields, even if the field does not start with the search term. It does not accept wildcards.

For example, if you enter: 

Location: Larra
you will obtain records with
location= Isaba, ctra. de Larra, cercanía del refugio de Belagua
and also
location= Anielarra

For each example the database includes all the identifications of it made, so the identification used to catalogue it in the collection will be indicated ("Accepted name in the herbarium"). This is usually the most recent identification.  The information on each specimen gives the identifications made of it, numbered and in chronological order.

Explanation of the symbols used in the listings

Indicates that the name is accepted in the herbarium.
Indicates that the specimen is georeferenced. Clicking on this icon displays a map with its location, provided by Falling Rain Genomics, Inc.


Nomenclature links
A link has been established with the nomenclature information for almost all the names in the MA-Fungi and MA-Musci databases. The existence of a link in each case is indicated by the name's appearing in bold.

For the names of fungi in MA-Fungi
Access to this information has been made possible thanks to the cooperation of CABI Bioscience, and in particular Dr. Paul Kirk, who is in charge of the mycological database, and to whom we express our sincerest gratitude.

For the names of mosses in MA-Musci
We would like to express our thanks to the Missouri Botanical Garden and in particular to Dr. Robert E. Magill, research director, for his willingness to help and his assistance in making access to this data possible.



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