From Plant Press Vol. 17 no. 1, January 2014.
By Melinda Peters
The volunteers in the Plant Mounting Room were recognized last year with a National Museum of Natural History Peer Recognition Award. What a great way to end 2013 and provide momentum for 2014.
The final quarter of 2013 was slower due to the holidays, and the government shutdown did not help increase numbers, but the volunteers, staff, and contractors were still able to prepare 1,559 specimens for the collection. Two new mounters, Scarlett Presley and Lisa Knight, joined the team. We are happy to have them since a few other volunteer mounters had to leave us this year. Margaret Gardner, staff mounter since 1992, decided to retire. She has prepared some 60,000 specimens for the collection over the years and although we are sad to see her leave, we know she deserves some fun in retirement.
As for new acquisitions, we are receiving material for specialists and other geographic areas of interest to the U.S. National Herbarium, plus I continue to be amazed at how many types we accession each year. In 2013 we received some 70 type specimens, 27 of them having come from the Missouri Botanical Garden.
One type of interest that was sent by the Missouri Botanical Garden is a bamboo, Merostachys scandens, from Brazil (right). Due to the Material Transfer Agreements between institutes we are able to accession material from Brazil for the permanent collection.
Here is wishing you all a happy start to 2014 and more exciting news from Plant Mounting to come! Stay tuned.