It seems as though it’s a good life being a botanist. It was my second day at work today and it ended at 2:30 in the afternoon with bubbly and double helix clipping ;)
Accessions go back as far as Bishop Gunnerus in the 1760s.
See also this video interview with Tommy Prestø: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkSsx-du3xso
Introduction Tommy Prestø with a series of slides about how the reconstruction of the herbarium happened
Cutting the double helix to open the herbarium needed two pairs of scissors, of course!
Tommy then showed examples of what can be found in the herbarium. Here is huldrestry (Usnea longissima) which can reach several metres long and was the original Xmas decoration: http://www2.artsdatabanken.no/faktaark/Faktaark136.pdf
Scopolia carniolica, a poisonous plant, found on Lade in Trondheim by Tommy, a garden escape
A specimen collected on Sverdrup’s Fram expedition in 1901!
Sea buckthorn (tindved)
Even Hosta….and hops!
Edibles & ornamental plants