Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

  • Name

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

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  • Current Status


  • Correspondents

    Regina Karousou, Assistant Professor,

  • Contact


  • Address

    Department of Biology
    Lab of Systematic Botany and Phytogeography
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
    Lab of Systematic Botany and Phytogeography, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    Thessaloniki GR-541 24

  • Specialty

    Taxonomic Coverage: Vascular plants

    Geography: Greece

  • Notes

    The accurate number of TAU specimens is not known, but it is estimated to c. 70,000. Each year at least 1,000 specimens are added. Most of the specimens come from Greece, but there are also several specimens from European countries and a few from other continents. The collections are divided in two sections: the new and the historical. The new collections include specimens of previous and current members of the Lab, as well as specimens of postgraduate students and doctoral candidates. Among them there are collections from: • several mountainous areas and wetlands, mainly from Epirus, Macedonia and Thrace, including many areas of the NATURA 2000 network, • urban and rural areas, • a particularly rich collection of Lamiaceae plants The historical collections of TAU hold more than 6,000 specimens, dating back from the early 19th century up to the late 30’s. Most come from the collections of Theodor von Heldreich, Theodore Orphanides, Joseph Sartori, Vasileios Tountas and Dimitrios Zaganiaris, as well as of many others. There are at least 44 nomenclatural types, as well as many endemic and range restricted taxa. Perhaps the most valuable of the historical collections are those of Dimitrios Zaganiaris, which include more than 3,000 specimens and are kept, to the best of our knowledge, only in TAU.

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  • Important Collectors

    T. von Heldreich, T. G. Orphanides, V. Tuntas, J. Sartori, D. Zaganiaris, K. Ganiatsas, G. Lavrendiades, E. Drossos, D. Babalonas, V. Karagiannakidou