Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Processing plant specimens

Collection, preparation & preservation of plant specimens

Specimens of most plants can be preserved indefinitely by careful drying followed by storage in dry, insect-free conditions. Such specimens can be used as permanent reference material. Although lacking the freshness and colour of live material, good, dried specimens with field notes usually provide most of the features required for the identification and systematic study of the plants.

>> Collecting specimens
>> Preserving specimens
>> Identifying specimens
>> Herbarium volunteers


Collections must not be made in national or state parks or nature reserves, nor of protected plant species unless a permit has been obtained from the appropriate authority (in NSW it is the Director-General, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service). Such permits are generally only given for collections made in the course of scientific studies.



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Banksia specimen