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Field Techniques Used by Missouri Botanical Garden

Compiled by R. Liesner with suggestions from MO staff and others.

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These notes have been compiled to aid people in collecting and preparing high quality botanical specimens more effectively. In some cases, such as field book size, rather than make a recommendation, the advantages and disadvantages of different options are discussed.

  • Introduction
  • Finding Specimens
  • Collecting
  • Pressing Plants
  • Preserving Plants Before Drying
  • Drying and Sorting
  • Drying Systems
  • Sorting at MO
  • Mounting Notes
  • Packing Checklist
  • Recommended Reading
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