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Park's herbarium

An herbarium is a collection of plants that were desiccated under pressure, labeled and attached to a cardboard. It's extremely important due to its scientific value: as well as preserving types of different species, it provides useful material for studies about historical, taxonomical, distributive, ecological and molecular aspects, etc.

The herbarium is also very useful for didactic purposes, especially for young students that can learn about plant biodiversity, the ecology of singular species, the strategies adopted by plants depending on environmental characteristics etc.

Majella National Park' herbarium is conserved at the “Daniela Brescia” Botanical Garden at S. Eufemia a Maiella, in an air-conditioned room with monitored temperature and humidity, in order to prevent the deterioration caused by insects and mildew. At the moment it consists of about 2,000 plant specimens, which are mainly from the territory of the protected area and it is organized in systematic sectors corresponding to the great groups of vascular plants and in files that holds all the samples from one family.

A large number of cardboards relating to single specimens was digitalized and recorded in a database which allows fast and precise searches (it will be available for consulting very soon). Those cardboard contain the scientific name and the family of the species, the date of collection, the locality, habitat and altitude of the collection site, the collector's and the identifier's names.

Image of a page of the Herbarium of the Park
Image of the Epilobium hirsutum
Image of the herbarium
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