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American Prairie Lepidella (Amanita prairiicola Peck) Collected by Elam Bartholomew in the open Kansas prairie, September 17, 1896
  • United States
  • American Prairie Lepidella (Amanita prairiicola Peck) Collected by Elam Bartholomew in the open Kansas prairie, September 17, 1896, 1896
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • type specimen
  • Object Height/Width: top packet 8.8 x 51.2 cm
    Object Height/Width: middle packet 6 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: specimen 6.5 x 4 cm
  • Loaned by the R. L. McGregor Herbarium, Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum, University of Kansas
  • Not on display
  • EL2018.013
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World", 27-Mar-2018
An herbarium is a systematically arranged collection of preserved plants. The R. L. McGregor Herbarium houses approximately 400,000 specimens collected over the past 150 years. These include dried plant specimens (exsiccatae), seeds, and boxed and fluid-preserved vascular plant specimens. The herbarium also houses the largest single collection of plants from the grassland biome of central North America, as well as the largest collections of lichens and vascular plants from Kansas.

The American Prairie Lepidella is found in the tall grass prairie and high elevation desert of the central Unites States. This specimen is annotated, “type,” indicating that it is a “type specimen,” specifically an isotype. An isotype is a duplicate of the holotype, and a holotype is the specimen “chosen to represent a new species by the first author to describe it and with which the specific epithet remains associated during any taxonomic revision."