Herbariums

The_Mohave__Kid(Nevada)July 25, 2004

Just a quick word on herbariums for those just starting out .. perhaps those interested can add their links to thier own local herbarium or online herbarium sites ...

An herbarium is a collection of dried plants ... a plant morgue if you will ... it contains not only the plants but the collection data associated with each plant. Scientific publications on flora are based on the collections and associated data in various herbariums. Another way of looking at it ... if you place your own collections in a herbarium you are providing data for future works in Botany and becoming part of the botanical research for your area of the world.

The person in charge of the herbarium is the "Curator" and the best way to get in with the curator is to show up once in a while with a small collection of plants to donate to the herbarium ... in return I'm sure they would be glad to give you great help in identifying your own collections. I'd bet you would become a VIP around the herbarium in a very short while ... your own work could become vital to future botanical publications ....

One of the best regional collections for the Mohave Desert is located here :

http://www.unlv.edu/unlv/Colleges/Sciences/Biology/NewPage/herbarium/intro.htm

Take a peek inside a herbarium ....

http://www.unlv.edu/Colleges/Sciences/Biology/Niles.html

Anyone else have some links to add ??

Good Day ....

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Rosa(4ish CO Rockie)

For the Colorado region folks

Here is a link that might be useful: CU Bolder Botany database tools

    Bookmark   July 25, 2004 at 6:40PM
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marilou(z4 IA)

For midwestern folks. Over 600,000 specimens in the collection at Iowa State University.

Here is a link that might be useful: Iowa State Univ. Herbarium

    Bookmark   July 25, 2004 at 9:32PM
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froggy(z4/5 WI)

"An herbarium is a collection of dried plants ... a plant morgue if you will..."

i personally like to think that its more like a plant library than a morgue:)

and if ya'll didnt already realize it, im quite fond of them.

froggy

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 6:50PM
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The_Mohave__Kid(Nevada)

Hello Froggy ...

I too am very fond of them too ... use to work very late nights in a herbarium ... so I felt like I was in kind of a "Morgue" .. rolling plants back and forth to my office LOL ... a library is certainly a better description.

Any links you can add ??

Good Day ....

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 7:39PM
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brooz(z10)

I saw one specimen supposedly collected by a C. Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle ... on loan from Kew.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Eyes of Texas are Upon You

    Bookmark   July 27, 2004 at 6:24PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Any links to where I can find out how to gather/preserve, mount, label, etc?

And the conditions necessary to hold such a collection as an individual rather than an organisation? Fridge? Silica gel? The wine cellar? (Just kidding!)

What are the features most important to a future researcher - in addition to the plant material?

Guidance, please.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2004 at 3:14AM
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Rosa(4ish CO Rockie)

Vetivert
link below-there are other links contained in this post

Here is a link that might be useful: dried plants & plowers forum

    Bookmark   July 31, 2004 at 8:06AM
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The_Mohave__Kid(Nevada)

This may help a bit ...

http://www.herbariumsupply.com/nu_dynamicIndex.asp

Good Day ...

    Bookmark   July 31, 2004 at 11:44AM
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Ginny_Buckfield

Rosa, Your herbarium info and other info/links on dried flowers forum is so helpful for us amateur botanists... Thanks so much.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2004 at 4:18PM
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Rosa(4ish CO Rockie)

-blushing-Thanks, Ginny...
Too bad I can't spell worth a darn, "dried plowers" (hahaha)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2004 at 6:17PM
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Peter_in_Az(Sunset zone 10)

I was a dried Plower once...

But, I drank some water and I'm doing Much better now. :)

*runs from the thread just ahead of the rotten fruit being flung*

    Bookmark   August 1, 2004 at 2:15PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Thank you,'gourmet de-hy(drated)' folk. Link information appreciated and kept for future reference.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2004 at 3:44AM
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The_Mohave__Kid(Nevada)

Here is a nice site and a great garden / herbarium ...

http://www.mobot.org/

Good Day ...

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 6:52PM
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gata(z5a NH)

If I lived closer to Boston I might be hanging out here:

Here is a link that might be useful: Harvard University Herbaria

    Bookmark   August 24, 2004 at 8:56AM
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veronicastrum(z5 IL)

An online herbarium for the Chicago region is listed below.

V.

Here is a link that might be useful: vPlants

    Bookmark   August 24, 2004 at 11:54AM
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shelley_r(7b NC)

This North Carolina site sponsored by the NC Botanical Garden, the UNC Herbarium, and the UNC School of Library and Information Science is great. It includes a virtual herbarium as well as other resources.

Shelley

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant Information Center

    Bookmark   August 25, 2004 at 10:11PM
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