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Collecting Plant Specimens
Collecting plants
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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