Mounting plant specimens
Mounting the Specimen. For over four hundred years people have preserved plants for study by pressing and drying them. A collection of such dried specimens is called an herbarium. Plants that have been thoroughly dried and well mounted, and are protected from moisture and insects, will remain intact essentially forever.Arrange the Specimen Arrange the plant and label on the correct size of the mounting paper before gluing anything down! Labels are placed in the bottom right corner, unless unfeasible due to the shape of the specimen. Annotation slips with name changes go above or to the left of the label. Leave mounting plant specimens
The mounting board, label paper, capsules, tape and PVA adhesive are all archival quality. White polyester thread is used for stitching. For further information on archival materials see section 2 of RBGE Collections Care: Preparation and Care of Herbarium Specimens (link in the sidebar).
A specimen should ideally be 2540 cm long and up to 26 cm wide, allowing it to fit on a standard herbarium mounting sheet which measures 42 x 27 cm. This is also the approximate size of tabloid newspapers. Plant parts that are too large for a single sheet may be cut into sections pressed on a series of sheets, for example a palm or cycad frond. Preparation of Plant Specimens for Deposit as Herbarium Vouchers P RESSING AND D RYING P LANT S PECIMENS. Specimens are pressed in a plant press, I DENTIFICATION OF P LANT S PECIMENS. The identification of plant specimens requires H ERBARIUM S PECIMEN Lmounting plant specimens How can the answer be improved?