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Preserving Plant Specimens

Post by Navin » Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:54 am

I am currently preserving plant specimens as a hobby. Currently, I insert the plant specimens into glass jars containing 50% isopropyl alcohol. The plant specimes do get decolourised, but even so, they still look nice. Have a look at the pictures below.

Could anyone tell me if there is a better preserving liquid that I can use? Or, if you too preserve plants, please post your pictures here. I would love to see them.
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Fruits of a Canna plant.
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Flower of the Cannonball tree.
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Post by DavidB » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:41 pm

The long-time standard means of preserving plants is by pressing. If done carefully and artistically, such specimens can be very beautiful. Yesterday I looked at a Delphinium specimen mounted in 1826, and it still maintained much of the flower color.

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Post by Linn » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:17 pm

Thats what I was going to suggest too >pressing< we made catolougs for my college and personal collections of specimens from our arborium. I too, have seen specimens from a long time ago well preserved and still w/color pigments after a long time.

nice collection Navin :)
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Post by Navin » Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:13 pm

Thanks Linn.

Just to let you guys know, I also have started a press collection.
Have a look at one of my specimens.
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