The Dried Botanicals Collection is unique because it is an actively curated collection held in conjunction with a herbarium and routinely used for identifying materials for U.S. companies and government agencies.
The Dried Botanicals Collection, established in 2000, includes almost 2,000 specimens of dried plants of flavor/fragrance/medicine from the early to late 20th century and into the 21st century. Two other principal collections exist in the U.S.:
The Field Museum of Chicago with 12,000 specimens in the Timothy C. Plowman Economic Botany Collection.
The William L. Brown Center for Plant Genetic Resources at the Missouri Botanical garden in St. Louis with over 10,000 samples in their “food library”: http://www.wlbcenter.org/
Each sample in the Dried Botanicals Collection is:
authenticated by the collector or commercial company, with the state or country in which the samples were collected
identified to at least genus, but most often to species.
Suggested additional readings include:
Bisset, N. G., and M. Wichtl, eds. 2001. Herbal drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. Second ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Bock, J. H. 1988. Identifying plant food cells in gastric contents for use in forensic investigations: A laboratory manual. U. S. Dept. Justice, Natl. Inst. Justice.
Chaukul, W., et al. 1997. Medicinal plants in Thailand. Mahidol Univ., Bangkok, Thailand. 2 vols.
Chin, W. Y. and H. Keng. 1992. An illustrated dictionary of Chinese medicinal herbs. CRCS Publ.;, Sebastopol, CA.
Farnsworth, N. R., and N. Bunyapraphatsara. 1992. Thai medicinal plants recommended for primary health care system. Prachachon Co., Bangkok, Thaliand.
Greenish, H. G. 1923. The microscopical examination of foods and drugs. P. Blakiston’s Son & Co., Philadelphia.
Jackson, B. P., and D. W. Snowdon. 1990. Atlas of microscopy of medicinal plants, culinary herbs and spices. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Mansfield, W. 1937. Materia medica, toxicology and pharmacognosy. C. V. Mosby Co., St. Louis.
Moll, J. W., and H. H. Janssonius. 1923. Botanical pen-portraits. Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague.
National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products. 1987. Colour atlas of Chinese traditional drugs. Sci. Press, Beijing.
Stahl, E., ed. 1973. Drug analysis by chromatography and microscopy. Ann Arbor Sci. Publ., Ann Arbor, MI.
Svoboda, K. P., and T. G. Svoboda. 2000. Secretory structures of aromatic and medicinal plants. Microscopix Publ., Powys, UK.
Werle, L., and J. Cox. 1998. Ingredients. Könemann, Cologne.
Wiley Publ. Co. 1996. The visual food encyclopedia. Wiley Publ. Co., New York.
Yen, K.-Y. 1992. The illustrated Chinese material medica, crude and prepared. Transl. N. Wiseman. SMC Publ., Taipei.
The Dried Botanicals Collection is intended for display, scientific research, teaching, education and other Herbarium programs.
Donations to the Dried Botanicals Collection have included the following, with thanks. We welcome your future participation!
Ms. Anne Abbott
Ms. Dorothy Bonitz
Dr. Keith Clancy
Mr. Stephen Facciola
Mr. Michael McGuffin
Ms. Ruth Smith
Mr. Rexford Talbert
Dr. Thomas Zanoni