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Herbariums

Posted by The_Mohave__Kid Nevada (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 25, 04 at 11:32

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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  • Posted by Rosa 4-ish (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 25, 04 at 18:40

For the Colorado region folks

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


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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


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"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


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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 ??

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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


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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.


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  • Posted by Rosa 4-ish (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 31, 04 at 8:06

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

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


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This may help a bit ...

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

Good Day ...


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


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  • Posted by Rosa 4-ish (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 31, 04 at 18:17

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


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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*


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


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

http://www.mobot.org/

Good Day ...


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  • Posted by Gata z4 NH (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 24, 04 at 8:56

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

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


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An online herbarium for the Chicago region is listed below.

V.

Here is a link that might be useful: vPlants


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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


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