A herbarium is a collection of preserved plants stored, catalogued, and arranged systematically for study.  A collection such as this can be a vital reference in identifying a plant and also serves to fix forever the identity of thousands of plant names. A herbarium acts as a source of information about plants - where they are found, what chemicals they have in them, when they flower, what they look like. Preserved plant specimens can be used to provide samples of DNA and to validate scientific observations. A herbarium is of immense practical use and fundamental importance to science.

Individual plants or parts of plants, preserved in various ways, are stored and cared for over time so that current and future generations can identify plants, study biodiversity and use the collection in support of conservation, ecology and sustainable development. The curator of a herbarium is responsible for its long-term care, maintenance and development.

Herbaria that organize their specimens systematically, by family, genus and species, serve as a working hypothesis of a classification of all plants.
King’s College’s Herbarium is housed on the 4th floor of the Parente Life Sciences Center and contains many specimens, some new and some of which are over 60 years old.

The Herbarium is currently curated by Dr. Tammy Tintjer, tammytintjer@kings.edu, who can be contacted for any questions.  Senior Biology Majors have assisted in the collection maintenance and growth as part of their senior research requirement as well as other interested students.



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