Glossary Term: Voucher Specimen

(Vouchered Herbarium Specimen): A voucher specimen is one or more specimens collected and properly submitted to an herbarium (or organization) for storage and further study. Voucher specimens can be examined long after a study has been completed. They enable others to confirm your taxonomic conclusion. Voucher specimens are dried fruiting bodies from the collections that form the basis of the descriptions or additional data associated with a species. They are permanently stored in a herbarium where researchers can access and study them. Researchers can re-examine these specimens and check or amend the descriptions as needed. This is very important because species concepts are often modified through time as new data is obtained.

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Created: 2019-07-08 11:15:12 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2019-07-08 11:15:12 PDT (-0700)