Details Help

Taxon view

The details for each taxonomic name are presented in separate views: Details, Synonymy, Subordinate Taxa, Collections, Distribution, Description, Image, Keys, Literature and Links. Each view can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate navigation button. When information is available under a view, the corresponding navigation button is coloured bright green.

The full scientific name is shown at the top of each view, immediately under the banner navigation tabs. Below the scientific name the Classification breadcrumbs are displayed. This displays the taxonomic rank and scientific name for each taxon that occurs in the hierarchy above the record being displayed. Clicking on any of the names in this hierarchy will move to the selected record. Where more recent phylogenetic information is available, a link will appear to the phylogeny site.

Clicking the 'Synch to Tree' button below a taxon entry will arrange the classification tree on the right hand side of the screen to show the current species' location on the tree.

Details View

Name Status
This field indicates the status of the name as applied at the Allan Herbarium. The status is either “preferred name” or “synonym”. When a name is a synonym the preferred name for the taxon is provided at the end of the field.

Place of Publication
This field contains the literature reference where the name was first published.

Publication Page
This field contains the page in the publication where the name was published. It may also contain figure and table numbers.

This field contains the rank of the selected taxon in the taxonomic hierarchy. The value of this field will be one of the following ranks: Kingdom, Phylum, Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus, species, subspecies, variety, form, cultivar.

This field provides a list of biostatus information for the taxon for the specified region. The information consists of four parts in the format "Geographic region (Geographic region schema): Occurrence, Origin".

Geographic region
Indicates the region for which the biostatus information is applicable.

Geographic region schema
Indicates to which of three geographic schemas the Geographic region belongs. The three schemas are ISO Countries (‘Political’), New Zealand Botanical Region, and the World Geographic Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions edition 2.

Indicates the presence or absence of a taxon in the specified region. (More information…)

Indicates whether a taxon is indigenous or exotic in the specified region. (More information…)

Treatment Article
The literature reference upon which the name status is based for the Allan Herbarium

Nomenclature notes
This field contains various notes that explain the nomenclature of the record.

This field contains general notes associated with the selected taxonomic name.

This field provides a list of vernacular, or common, names that have been used for the taxon. Each vernacular name is followed by the name of the language for which the use of the vernacular name was recorded. For example, cabbage tree is one of the vernacular names for Cordyline australis (G.Forst.) Endl.

This field provides a list of Maori names that have been used for this taxon. For example, Ti is one name by which the cabbage tree (Cordyline australis (G.Forst.) Endl.) is known to Maori.

This field provides the original spelling of the scientific name for names that contained orthographic errors when they were first published. For example, Grammitis billardierei was originally published with the incorrect orthography “billardieri”.

Governing code
A statement indicates which code governs this taxonomic name, for example the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN).

The LSID code is a unique identifier for this record in the Plant Names Database.

Synonyms View

This field provides a list of scientific names that includes the preferred name and any synonyms (old names) that have been entered into the database. The currently preferred name is highlighted and has preferred added in brackets.
You may move to any of these records by clicking on the name.

Subordinate Taxa View

Subordinate Taxa
This field provides a list of any scientific names for taxa one rank lower than the rank of the selected record. For example, the list of Subordinate Taxa for a genus will return the names of the species within that genus. The list of Subordinate Taxa for a species will return all subspecies, and may also include some varieties, forms, and cultivars of that species (provided they are not separated from the species name by an intervening rank).

Collections View

This view provides a list of herbarium specimens held at the Allan Herbarium. The list includes all the records for the taxon and its synonyms that have been entered into the database to date. The list may be re-sorted by clicking on the column headings. The data presented in the list include:

Accession Number
This is the exclusive number assigned to each specimen that is accessioned into the herbarium.
Accession numbers for the Allan Herbarium all begin with CHR.

Country from which the specimen was collected.

The Land District from which the specimen was collected.

Indicates the specimen is type material held at the Allan Herbarium.

Clicking on the accession number of a specimen provides more details for that record in a popup window. The additional fields provided are

Verbatim Name
The taxonomic name as it is written upon the specimen.

Ecological District
The ecological district from which the specimen was collected.

The habitat notes provided by the person who collected the specimen.

Collection Date
The date the specimen was collected as it is written upon the specimen.

Host Species
The taxonomic name of the host species for collections of epiphytes or parasitic taxa.

These fields are repeated for cultivated specimens.

Distribution View

This view provides distribution maps based on the original collection locations of specimens held at the Allan Herbarium. Maps can be shown with specimens for the name and also other combinations with subordinate taxa and synonym names.

Each rectangle represents a New Zealand 260 Map series (1:50, 000) Map Sheet. Click on a map sheet to show a list of databased herbarium specimens of this taxon. Clicking on a name returns to the details on the name while clicking on a collection number gives further information on that specimen

Description View

This view provides a list of available descriptions for the selected taxon, including links to the Flora Series site. Click on a link to view the full description and further information about the publication.

Images View

This view provides a pick list of images that are available for the selected taxon (e.g. Haastia pulvinaris). Images may be enlarged by clicking on the thumbnail to bring up a popup window. This popup window includes information (where available) on:

Collection Accession Number
The number of the herbarium specimen that is depicted in the image.

Determined Name
The name as it was named by the determiner.

The person who identified the taxon in the image.

Brief text written by the creator providing details of the image contents.

The copyright holder for the image.

The name of the person who originally created the image.

Keys View

This view shows a list of published keys which include this taxon, and the publication they were taken from. Click on the hyperlinks to view each key in its entirety. The result text for each key line helps to navigate within the keys; clicking on a number will jump to the corresponding couplet, while clicking on a name will jump to that species' entry on the Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants website.

Literature View

This view shows journal articles that relate to this scientific name. Click on an article of interest for more information, including a list of names associated with this literature reference.

Report View

A future feature that will provide reporting tools.


Links to other related sites for this scientific name. By preference we provide links to a set of search results instead of individual records as these may change.