Hi. I'm from Croatia, and we need to make a herbary. So, I have leaves and I need a help with them. I don't know name of tree it belongs. Thank you very much!
Hydrangea sp.? (or related genus). There are many species and the leaves have a considerable range of shape.
Do you have any information on where it was collected (and in the wild or in a garden/park) and at what time of year?
Alnus incana, perhaps
Looks like Prunus avium, but I cannot see the tiny reddish glands on the petioles (but they are sometimes absent)
Another possibility is Ostrya carpinifolia
(The leaves are not quite right for Carpinus betulus.)
Alnus glutinosa -
With all those: please look more closely to confirm my suggestions,
and let me know of any mistakes.
If you have any pictures or descriptions of flowers and fruit, that would help a lot.
About the first picture, it's collected in a park. I collected it last week. I don't have any picture of it, but it was standing alone, out of park.
I'm pretty sure that the second one it is Alnus incana, and the third one is Carpinus betulus for sure so the fourth one. Thank you very much:)
Do you think that I should draw roots of species in my herbarium? Because it's for school next month, and I would like to do it perfectly.
Thanks again, Nina.
Hmmm. That does not really help me much.
Drawing roots adds information, so it could be useful.
However, herbaria are useful for people trying to identify plants, but we should not encourage people to dig-up or otherwise dmage the roots of living plants just to identify them. It is better to concentrate on parts that can be seen easily and collected without injuring the plant too much. There are exceptions; I rmember being surprised the fist time I saw the bright yellow colour inside a root of Mahonia.
- habit of the plant as a whole (eg. tree/shrub/herb...) and an estimate of its height
- environment (including the acidity of the soil, if possible)
- description of colours that may fade (remember herbaria specimens may be consulted centuries after collection)
- comments on the size of the specimens (eg. 'larger than normal')
- the name of the collector!
At the time you create your herbarium, you have no idea how future visitors will want to use it. It is not just about identification. So the more information you can supply, the greater the chances of visitors getting their questions answered.
There are lots more things to think about, but a herbarium curator is not created overnight!
Good luck with your project, I hope it goes well and it gives you satisfaction.