Field notes are usually taken the same day as the collection, back at base camp, often by lantern light, late into the night. In the lowland tropics, on trips that last more than one or two days, the material must be either dried in the field or wraped in bundles about a foot thick and preserved in plastic bags with ca. two cups of at least 70% alcohol. This keeps the plants from molding, the leaves and flowers from falling off. Pictured here from left to right: Alvaro (Vari) Fernández, Nelson Zamora, Michael Grayum, Gerardo Herrera, Eric Bello, Nora Martin.
© Barry Hammel 1996