Floroscope –A botanical Collection and Herbarium Technique used in Determining Angeospermic Diversity of Jambudia Vidi at Saurashtra Region-Gujarat (India)

Author(s): Reena P Dave and Rajes S Patel

Not until the sixteenth century did the botanists make any serious and systematic attempt to preserve, for future reference, the specimens they studied. The earliest herbarium was set up in 1545 in the University of Padua, Italy. Prior to this a few dries herbs, intended primarily for medical purposes, occasionally served as material for comparison. The usefulness of a herbarium has grown beyond it original parameters and it now serves the triple purpose of study, record and research. It is prepared and maintained with care and skill, so as to serve a long term use. A herbarium has been aptly defined as a collection of pressed, dried and preserved plant specimens, arranged according to some known system of classification. The purpose of making herbaria of Jambudia Vidi, Saurashtra region,Gujarat, (India) is manifold, such as: For comparison of description with actual specimens from the various regions; For comparison of new material; For display in the museums, both for professional and non-professional visitors; For keeping record of ‘type’ specimens, etc.

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