Survey of Medicinal Plants in the Main US Herbaria
AbstractPlant identiﬁcation has been waning during the recent ex-
pansive study of medicinal plants. This has been partic-
ularly true among manufacturers of products being mar-
keted for natural heath care sectors. In an attempt to un-
derstanding to why basic plant identiﬁcation is lacking, an
inventory of the main US herbaria was completed in 2002.
The inventory included plants that are commonly in use
for medicinal purposes and those considered as adulter-
ants. The results identify the plants found in each herbar-
ium collection, access to the collections, and future plans
of the herbaria for virtual (computer based) access to the
collections. Recommendations are made for usage of vir-
tual herbaria and expanded usage of traditional herbaria
for identiﬁcation of plants used in health care.
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