Plant Collecting: How-To

Preservation and Storage

Herbarium specimens will last hundreds of years if properly cared for. We are committed to providing a secure and easily accessible collection for scientific research.

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Mounting

There is an art to the mounting of plant specimens to their archival quality cardstock backing. BRIT’s volunteers and staff participate in this activity daily.

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Identification

Plant identification requires you have as much of the plant as possible, and in some occassions this cannot be accomplished if you are dealing with a sterile specimen.

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Pressing and Drying

To facilitate specimen storage and use, collected plants must be pressed to a 2-dimensional status and dried to remove any moisture that would encourage fungal growth.

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Plant Collection

Plant collections ought to be made in such a manner as to increase their longevity as preserved herbarium specimens, as well as optimize their usefulness for future research.Plant collections ought to be made in such a manner as to increase their longevity as preserved herbarium specimens, as well as optimize their usefulness for future research.

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