SpecimensBotanic Garden Meise
The cranesbill family in Belgium:
In this project we will document the Geraniaceae. The Belgian Geraniaceae are all annual or perennial herbs. The family takes its name from the genus Geranium, which itself comes from the Ancient Greek word for crane. This is due to the fruit of this genus being long, straight and tapered much like the beak of a crane. Geranium and Pelargonium are popular garden plants due to their bright colourful flowers. However, this popularity has led to many escapes and you will thus find many non-native species among these specimens.
The Belgian Herbarium:
The Botanic Garden Meise holds the largest herbarium collection of Belgian plant specimens. Each of these herbarium specimens has a label with valuable information such as the plant’s identification, and when, where, and who collected the plant. These specimens can be used in many domains of research, such as conservation, evolution, ecology and systematics. These data help us to better understand the plants of Belgium, their history and that of people who collected them. There are about 200,000 specimens in the Belgian Herbarium of the Botanic Garden Meise and we want to document them all! These data will then be made available online at www.botanicalcollections.be.
36% Complete (success)