Create Your Own Herbarium
By CJ Kazilek
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- Herbarium: a collection of dried plants mounted (usually on paper) labeled and arranged for use by scientists... more
Have you ever seen an interesting plant that you wanted to keep? The best way to preserve a plant specimen is to press it and dry it. Dr. Leslie Landrum has many cabinets of dried plants in the Arizona State University herbarium. This collection allows researchers to go back in time to study plants. The Herbarium has plants that were collected as far back as 1877. You can start your own collection of interesting plants by pressing and drying them. Follow the directions below to make your own plant press.
(Thanks to Dr. Leslie Landrum at Arizona State University for suggesting this experiment).