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Natural history museums; Botany--Study and teaching


Much of the regular academic year does not lend itself to observation of plants in their natural habitat outdoors. The museum exhibits can serve as study aids in the off season, although they should not be utilized as substitutes for field work. This study systematized some materials available for class use. Museum files, display legends, and original observations were used. From the Bell Museum of Natural History, 112 exhibits were listed and coded for location; 384 specimens, of 247 species were listed from individual displays; a massed alphabetized species index was prepared. The exhibit "Maple-Basswood Forest" was studied in detail; a photograph with spot identifications was prepared. It is hoped that this modest beginning will encourage others to use the exhibit and to prepare more detailed botanical studies of this material.

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