Long story short:
I went on a bit of a botanical excursion the other day in the hilltop north of Rosetta in Western KZN to get photo's and a sample specimen of a very interesting Crassula species that I have yet to get a confirmed I.D on (All of this was done with the landowner's permission, of course)
I have had experience before with preserving non-succulent plant specimens (i.e. plant presses and ethanol treatment) but from what I've heard preserving succulent plants is another matter entirely! What I have done so far to preserve this specimen is to:
- Take a plastic container
- Make holes in the bottom of the container as well as on the lid (to allow airflow through the container and padding)
- Cover the bottom and sides of the container with layered tissue paper (to absorb any fluids from the specimen and to insulate it against outside elements)
- Place the specimen in the container
- Place the lid over the container
- Store container in a dark compartment little temperature fluctuation
I've attached 2 photo's to also further show you the manner in which I'm preserving the specimen.
Please could anyone inform me on any better methods I could employ in order to keep this specimen in as preserved a state as possible?
I plan on mailing (somehow) the specimen to UKZN PMB or the Natal Herbarium in Durban in order to get their assistance in the I.D of this plant, so I really need to just preserve it as well as I can!
Any help would be appreciated
PS: Apologies for the photo quality