Pressed Plants: Making a Herbarium

Linda P.J. Lipsen, with illustrations by Derek Tan


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A compact and contemporary guide to collecting, drying and storing plant specimens, suitable for both professional researchers and ardent amateurs.

The long-awaited successor to Dr. Christoper Brayshaw’s beloved Plant Collecting for the Amateur, Linda P.J. Lipsen’s Pressed Plants goes to the heart of professional and amateur plant collecting today.

Rich in illustrations, this beautiful book balances the ongoing history of plant collection with practical advice, and it includes the latest updates to best practices, such as how to preserve plant material for DNA extraction and how to navigate increasingly complex cultural and conservation considerations.

Pressed Plants responds to the recent revival of enthusiasm for nature, biodiversity and conservation with an increased emphasis on how to document the biodiversity around us. It will help any reader feel that they can understand how to properly document plant biodiversity so it’s understood, valued, and protected.

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2023, Paperback, 96 pages

ISBN 9780772680563


Linda P.J. Lipsen is the collections curator at the University of British Columbia Herbarium at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and holds an M.Sc. in botany. Having previously worked for the UBC Botanical Garden and taught in UBC’s Department of Botany, she also instructs the Master Gardeners.

Derek Tan is an illustrator, photographer and multimedia designer. He studied biology and art history at UBC in his hometown of Vancouver. Derek is the digital producer at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and is a recipient of the 2019 Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Museums.

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Dimensions 5.51 × 7.99 in


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