Herbarium bases were made by Dr. Emilian Topa, in
1965. Today, the Herbarium contains over 48,000 sheets. Plants are
grouped according to their families and genera in the general herbarium
and on Centurias in "Flora Moldaviae et Dobrogeae Exsiccata"
The majority of the plants included in Herbarium were collected by
the staff of the botanic garden, as well as by other botanists, from
the field; an other part of the herbarium sheets are from the donations
made by various specialists. Among these donations, one can remark
those of Professor dr. Constantin Papp, Professor
dr. Constantin Burduja, lecturer dr. Gheorghe
Mihai, and others. Some of the herbarium sheets are from
the exchange with Herbariums from other countries.
The specialists from Romania or abroad can examine, at the request,
the Herbarium sheets right on the place or can borrow these for a specific
period of time.
In order to make known the flora from the eastern part of Romania (Moldova
and Dobrogea), since 1968, periodically is published "Flora Moldaviae
et Dobrogeae Exsiccata". The herbarium sheets are also used for
the exchange with more than 30 similar units in the country or abroad.
So far, nine Centurias were edited, as follows: Centurias I, II,
III (1968, 1970, 1972) were signed by Emilian Topa
and Elena Marin, Centurias IV, V, VI (1976, 1981,
1985) by Maria Lazar and Mandache Leocov,
Centurias VII (1988) by Ion Sarbu and Mandache
Leocov, Centurias VIII (1994) by Ion Sarbu
and Mihai Mititiuc, and Centuria IX (2005) by Adrian
Oprea and Mihai Mititiuc.
The Herbarium coordinators, along the times, were: botanist Elena
Marin (1968-1977), botanist Maria Lazar (1977-1984),
senior researcher dr. Ion Sarbu (1985-2003), and
biologist dr. Adrian Oprea (2003 – present).