specimens

Ash dieback

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Ash dieback confirmed across the UK this week. 

We have several specimens of Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) in the herbarium at the Manchester Museum.  Above, a boxed ash leaf, twig, seeds and timber (no collector or date, was probably used for a gallery display or education).

Below, a herbarium sheet of Ash collected in Levenshulme, a area of Manchester, in 1863 by Charles Bailey:

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And another from Fakenham, Norfolk, collected  in1862 by William Notcutt:

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A couple good guides to Ash dieback by the Forestry Commission, and another by the Royal Horticultural Society.

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Corridors and herbarium sheets

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Here are a couple shots behind the scenes today.  Above, a pile of herbarium sheets to be filed away.  These ones are Rubus specimens (brambles or blackberries) – there are hundreds of species around the world.

This is the East Corridor.  The herbarium sheets are stored in the green boxes (they had to green, for botany) and are sorted into geographical areas.  This section of the corridor holds European specimens.  The bench along the centre should be empty, for working space, but we had to empty out three large store rooms when dry rot was found in the floorboards, so our benches are currently storage areas.  Not for too much longer, I hope.