Our task is to find, photograph and collect plant specimens at each stage of their development in the RBG Cranbourne, while ensuring relevant details - such as their locations, appearance, substrate they are found on, and habitat - are recorded. These specimens are then dried and mounted for herbarium collections at the RBGC, and the National Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Anyone who is keen to participate in this very important and interesting activity is welcome to join the group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Nola Foster on 9583 5731 or Linda Moon on 5996 9759 for further information.
When we meet
The Herbarium Collectors meet on the 1st Monday of the month from 10am to 3pm and on the second Sunday of some months (from 9am to 12pm) at the Maud Gibson Room (which is near the RBG Cranbourne Office).
At the moment, there’s very little to report on the collecting front. The winter months are slow and anything we have spotted out in the field, we have already collected. However, we are watching some exciting patches of orchids just appearing, that we hope will flower. We have spent our time indoors, working through the dried specimens; sorting, checking, re-grouping, correcting field notes, rotating material through the freezer, and starting on the enormous task of re-recording all our plants on a new extensive database the Royal Melbourne Herbarium wants us to use. Interestingly, there is not a section for our photos, so we will be keeping and continuing to record on our own database.
We are looking forward to finally having an uninterrupted designated space when the Friends other activities move from the Maud Gibson Room into the new Elliot Centre. Meanwhile we are, once again, staving off the attempted grab for our tables and wooden herbarium filing cabinets! Sharing has imposed constraints.