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Database Organization

The shelving organization is based on plant family relationships which is determined by geological, morphological and DNA evidence. Plants most closely related are shelved nearest each other and those which evolved subsequently are shelved later in the collections.


Folder Symbols
   AL Algae
   FU  Fungus
   MO  Moss

 Lycopodium Clavatum


Adiantum Pedatum        


 PT spore bearing plants including lycopods (Lycopodiophyta), horsetails (Equisetophyta) and ferns (Pterophyta) 

 Scots Pine


seed plants bearing “naked”seeds typically in cones including cycads (Cycodophyta), ginkgo (Ginkgophyta) and conifers (Coniferophyta) often referred to as gymnosperms

 Rudbeckie Hirta


flowering plants where seed is produced from flowers (Magnoliophyta) often referred to as angiosperms
 Note: The emphasis in this herbarium is on PT, PY and SA plants.

 Genus Species

 Zizia aurea

 Currently accepted scientific (Latin) name of the plant world wide.
Clicking on the link will take the viewer to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) database for the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This site provides excellent photos, geographic distribution, complete classification and ecological status, plus many other useful links. We have been granted permission by Gerry Moore, team leader of the National Plant Data Team to establish links to the NCRS database at http://plants.usda.gov/java
 Common Species
 This is the most commonly used name in the USA and often will be different from region to region.
 Family  This is currently the accepted scientific (Latin) family classification for the given plant as agreed on by The International Botanical Congress.
 Common Family
 As in the common name of the plant, the common family name is English and most widely recognized in the USA
 Col Col means the collection of which there are three.
   rj  Russel Johnson collection. Find out more on the Russell Johnson page.
   cc  Cambridge Campus collection. Several college instructors and students have collected and classified plants, mostly from the local area.

 Carex rostrata


 wp  Wayside Prairie collection. This is a unique and rather complete collection of plants from the ‘poorfen’ bog located in the Isanti County Wayside Prairie Park southwest of Isanti, MN. The collection was made and classified by members of the Isanti County Environmental Coalition between 2000 and 2003
 Habitat  The habitat is the type of environment where a plant was found or is most likely to be found
 State  Abbreviations of the state where the plant was collected. A few notations such as SW or SE indicate a region of the U.S.

Curator: Mary Januschka, 763-433-1876
Address: 300 Spirit River Drive S., Cambridge, MN 55008
Librarian: Bonnie Boese, 763-433-1807