Herbaria - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Plant Sciences

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An herbarium is a collection of dried plants or fungi used for scientific study. Herbaria are the main source of data for the field of botany called taxonomy. Plant taxonomists study the biodiversity of a particular region of the world (floristic research) or the relationships among members of a particular group of organisms (monographic research). Although a plant looks different when it is dried compared to when it is growing in nature, most of the key features needed for taxonomic studies can be found in a well-prepared

LARGEST HERBARIA IN THE WORLD
Name Location Date Established Number of Specimens (approximate)
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris, France 1635 8,877,300
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, England 1841 6,000,000
New York Botanical Garden New York, New York, U.S.A. 1891 6,000,000
Komarov Botanical Institute St. Petersburg, Russia 1823 5,770,000
Swedish Museum of Natural History Stockholm, Sweden 1739 5,600,000
The Natural History Museum London, England 1753 5,300,000
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques Geneva, Switzerland 1824 5,200,000
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