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COLLECTION Identifier: arn00008

Field data of the Sino-American botanical expedition

Scope and content

The collection consists of field data for collecting numbers 1-2085 recorded on preprinted specimen labels. Specimens were collected between August 25 and October 9, 1980. The preprinted sheets include Thomas S. Elias in the list of collectors. He was replaced on the expedition by James L. Luteyn.


  • Creation: 1980


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0.68 linear feet (1 card file box)

Historical note

After several months of communication among committee members from the Botanical Society of America and Academia Sinica, five American botanists were invited to participate in a botanical expedition in China with Chinese colleagues. Between August 15 and November 15, 1980, Bruce Bartholomew of the California Academy of Sciences, David E. Boufford of the Harvard University Herbaria, Theodore R. Dudley of the National Arboretum, James L. Luteyn of the New York Botanical Garden, and Stephen A. Spongberg of the Arnold Arboretum, visited botanical institutes and gardens and spent six weeks collecting in the field. The expedition was led by S.C. Sun, director of the Wuhan Institute of Botany, and collected 2,085 specimens. Of these, 1,715 were vascular plants. Complete sets of the vascular plants were deposited at the Wuhan Institute of Botany and at the Arnold Arboretum.

The expedition was funded by the Academia Sinica. Travel support for the American botanists was provided by the National Geographic Society. Support for follow-up work was provided by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.


Bartholomew B, Boufford DE, Chang AL, Cheng Z, Dudley TR, He SA, Jin YX, Li QY, Luteyn JL, Spongberg SA, et al. 1983. The 1980 Sino-American Botanical Expedition to Western Hubei Province, People's Republic of China. J. Arnold Arbor. 64(1):1-103.


This collection was given to the archives on November 2, 1982, by Stephen Spongberg.

Sino-American Botanical Expedition to Western Hubei Province, People's Republic of China (1980). Field data of the Sino-American botanical expedition, 1980: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University.
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University Repository

The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The Arnold Arboretum Library in Cambridge specializes in the identification and classification of Old World plants with emphasis on Asia. The Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge) houses unique resources, primarily field notes related to the plant specimens housed in Cambridge.

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