Plant collection often takes teamwork (photo by W.J. Kress).
Collecting plant specimens is an excellent way to study the flora of your study area. By collecting plants, you can create a hands-on "library" of plants to identify, compare and document. Many institutions collect enough plants to create a herbarium. The DC Herbarium houses over 57,000 plants specimens collected by many different botanists in the last 200 years.
Almost all natural environments are suitable for searching for plants for a herbarium, even in the city. Here are some essentials for plant collection:
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