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Herbarium techniques

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The following steps are intended to help in the collecting and pressing of herbarium specimens. These guidelines will help in creating useful and long-lasting herbarium specimens.

Collecting: Select a typical plant and if possible two or three extra flowers to supplement the specimen and for dissection. Ensure the plant is healthy and collect average-sized leaves and flowers typical of the plant, not the biggest. Photograph the plant habit and a close-up. Attach a label with the name and date and location. Avoid collecting material in wet weather.

Collecting a sample
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