Oldest Herbarium Specimen

Craig Hilton-Taylor hiltonta at NBICT.NBI.AC.ZA
Sat Jul 26 13:03:09 CDT 1997

I suppose the answer depends on how one would define such a
specimen, but possibly the specimen of an olive tree (Olea
europaea) from King  Tutankhamen's tomb housed at Kew would qualify.
This specimen if I recall correctly is over 3000 years old and
comprises a few twigs and leaves mounted on a sheet together with
fruits in a capsule. It is housed (or was) along with the rest of
the species in the Herbarium.

Craig Hilton-Taylor

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