Herbarium Labels

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Tue Apr 13 15:55:08 EST 2004

If the labels are just for student work and aren't to be permanent,
any word processing program on any computer will do.  If the hope is
that the labels will be good enough for actually pasting on herbarium
sheets, you'll probably have to provide them with a template and acid
free paper.  The template we use for temporary, hand-filled labels
that will be redone on acid-free paper is at:

This is a link to a page with an excel file which will make the same
thing, and which will can be filled in on the computer.

City goes in location; associated species go in habitat.  (Note that
our labels don't include a spot for elevation--in this part of Texas,
it's pretty much pancakesville.)

Monique Reed
Texas A&M

"David W. Kramer" wrote:
> In October of 1998 Bill Williams asked how herbarium curators print
> herbarium labels.  There were a number of suggestions but none of them
> really made good use of computer technology (in my opinion) or they had
> incomplete information.  Check out the thread
> athttp://bionet.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk/hypermail/plant-ed/plant-ed.199810/0071.html I
> wonder if technology has moved ahead in the intervening 6 years so that
> now there is a better solution.  Does anyone know of specialized
> software that will do this or templates for Word?  I'm teaching a Local
> Flora course this quarter and the students are collecting and pressing
> 20 plants each.  They need to make a standard herbarium label for each
> specimen.  I have labels (6) printed on 8.5 x 11 paper and a typewriter
> in the lab.  But the students had a "What's that?!" response when I
> pointed them toward the typewriter!  They will type them, of course, but
> they think there must be a more modern way!  So do I! Any
> suggestions? Dave Kramer
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