New Dried pressed specimen of Dryopteris dilatata. Credit: Neuchâtel Herbarium project. View larger

Pressing Plants

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Collect and preserve a plant, much like researchers have done for hundreds of years for identification, research, and education.

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Hints for uses in your library Botanists from the National Museum Wales find pressing plants to be a popular outreach activity. They recommend using the pressed plants for greeting cards that people can take home with them and give as gifts. Another tip from the pros: when collecting your plant, make sure to document the location, date and time, and name of the person who collected it. That information must be preserved for science!
Related Links Carl Linneaus's Herbarium Cabinet video
National Museum Wales Botany
Originating Source The Linnean Society of London
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Linneaus At Home: A Guide to Exploring Nature with Children

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Pressing Plants

Pressing Plants

Collect and preserve a plant, much like researchers have done for hundreds of years for identification, research, and education.