A treasure trove of flora

When it is finished, researchers would be able to access the herbarium collection via the Internet from anywhere around the world. Plant samples dried and glued onto thick handmade paper are kept in files and stored inside large metallic cupboards based on the families they belong to. A sample of new species collected will also be sent, usually on request, to other herbariums like Kew Gardens. Garcinia imberti, Kokum specimen collected by T.S. “Since the samples collected in the 1800s were kept in herbariums, botanists knew where to look for it and that is how it was rediscovered.

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