UCR Herbarium Non-Filemaker Databases
(Lichens and Vasculars)

A short user guide is available to the right and below.

Please email us if you notice any corrections that need to be made.

UCR Lichens Search Page
(Non-Filemaker Version)

UCR Vasculars Search Page
(Non-Filemaker Version)

UCR Herbarium

A Botany Ph.D. student

Data Entry


Welcome to the UCR Herbarium's Non-Filemaker (NF) Databases

The search pages for the non-Filemaker web database for the lichen collection and the vascular collection at UCR assumes that the user wants to restrict the search to the entries whose characteristics matched the values entered into the fields provided on the page. For example, the entry of a collector's family name in the Collector's Last Name field and the word "foothills" in the Locality field followed by the clicking of the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page will get those specimens in the database whose collector has the family name entered and whose locality description contains the word "foothills." Those specimens without both will be excluded from the data presented.

For those of you would need a more sophisticated search, such as those specimens found in either Germany or Austria, you will need to use the Filemaker-hosted version of the lichens web database. Both database systems are capable of sophisticated searches. However, we do not have to do the programming for the Filemaker version. We do for the non-Filemaker version.

On the search page, the entries for many fields do not need to be fully spelled out. The beginning first letters will do if you do mind risking getting more than you were aiming for. Keep in mind that if you enter a date in "Search by Date" section, nothing should be entered into "Search by Date Range" section since the specific date will either logically limit the range to that date or preclude any selection of specimens. Similarly, if you enter a date range in the "Search by Date Range" section, nothing should be entered into the "Search by Date" section for the same reason.

In the Condensed presentation of the specimens' data, the up-pointed and down-pointed white triangles will sort the specimens based on the field name they surround. Clicking the Collector's name will get you all the specimens in the database collected by that collector. Clicking the Accession number of a specimen will get you an expanded presentation of the data. You can move from a condensed format to an expanded format and back again by clicking the relevant link at the top.

In the Expanded presentation of the specimens' data, an export presentation is an available option as well as returning to the Condensed presentation of the data. Clicking the Export option in the header above the data will provide the data in a tab-limited format with the field names as the top line, provided you view the (page) source of the "web" page in your browser's normal window. Different browsers place the menu option under different top menu items. For example, in Firefox, it is under Web Developer under Tools in the top menu bar. Since the data is in UTF-8, be sure to check if your browser knows that fact by going to the Page/Character Encoding menu item. In Firefox, Character Encoding is under View in the top menu bar. You can save the Source to your computer. Do not copy the main browser page as the tabs will not be preserved. You use the data-delimited data in any program capable of dealing correctly with UTF-8 characters.

The web database server requires a web browser that can handle cascading style sheets, JavaScript and Unicode (specifically, UTF-8). The recent MacIntosh and Windows versions of FireFox work well as do the more recent versions of Internet Explorer (6 and beyond for Windows) and Safari (MacIntosh). The latest version of Opera performs great as well. The MacIntosh version of Internet Explorer has not been updated for years. How well it does we have no idea since we no longer have a machine that runs it.

If you observe any errors, please let us know and corrections will be made as soon as possible. We have made every effort to create a database that accurately reflects the content of our herbarium, but we know that various sorts of errors have crept into the dataset. If anything looks suspicious to you, please let us know!

The basic design for this particular web database was derived from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium (RSA) web database (currently under going servicing). We wish to thank RSA for their help.


If you have additional information that you would like to see on this web site, please contact Andrew.Sandersucr.edu