Depositing Specimens

Please be in touch with the Collections Manager if you would like to deposit specimens in the Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium (LSU acronym) or Bernard Lowy Mycological Herbarium (LSUM acronym). We are especially interested in working with Faculty to create research vouchers, and appreciate working together ahead of grant proposals to budget for integrating these specimens into the collections.

As a requirement for depositing specimens, please include a proper spreadsheet of label data and archival labels. Examples of these are below.

IMPORTANT: Specimens will be considered a “gift” to the herbarium unless designated otherwise. 

If your specimens are referenced in a publication, please be sure to cite this herbarium.



labEL template 6 per page - doc

Label TemPLATE 4 per sheet - DOC

Directions for Label Files: You will need both the "spreadsheet" and a select label file "doc".  Download both files, rename and save, but leave the "doc" unopened until you've begun data entry in the "spreadsheet".  Any duplicate records will require extra rows in the spreadsheet (one row = one label).  When opening the "doc", point to the spreadsheet and dismiss any warning notifications.  Labels can be viewed under "mailings" and "preview results".  Toggle between editing data from the spreadsheet and previewing results.  When done, click "finish and merge".  Check labels for any errors before printing on archival paper.

An annotation label template is provided below.  Use as directed above.

Annotation Label - DOC

Please, consider this label as a guide to include important information:

herbarium label

Text description of image:

Scientific Name: Species name, Authority

Higher Geography: country, state, county

Locality: Detailed description, mapping coordinates (preferably in decimal degrees)

Habitat: Plant community type, soil type

Associate Species: list of other plant species

Collector or collection team

Date of the collection

Description; Notes about population abundance and important plant characteristics

Collector Number: a sequential series for each occurence record assigned by the individual collector

Image shows example documentation for Dicanthelium laxiflorum (Lam.) Gould:

Flora of Louisiana Parish: Tangipahoa


Dicanthelium laxiflorum (Lam.) Gould

Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area, S of Jackson Rd. on W side of power line ROW, 127 mi W of jct. w/LA 1061, 0.73 mi S of jct. w/LA 10 in Wilmer. Lat/long 30.800057, -90.374143. Common on sandy lower slope in mesophytic forest adjacent to sub-xeric sandhill woodland, with Quercus nigra, Carya alba, Chasmanthium laxum, Vaccinium arboreum, and Gelsemium sempervirens. 

Collector: Christopher Reid

No.: 9392

Date: 29 June 2015