The Clemson Herbarium is in the process of documenting the vascular plants of the Clemson Experimental Forest. Through projects, such as Creative Inquiry studies, the herbarium supervises the work of Clemson students who explore, document, collect and identify plants from throughout the natural divisions of the Clemson Experimental Forest. These plant collections are preserved and made into herbarium specimens -- documented vouchers -- evidence of the plants that grow within the forest. These projects help generate authenticated plant checklists which can be used by those who manage forest resources, those who use the forest as a teaching laboratory, and add to the enjoyment of those who visit the forest and delight in the beautiful and interesting plants that abound there.
An herbarium specimen is pressed, dried preserved plant material -- identified, affixed to a mounting sheet and labeled with its scientific identification, collection location and the date. Each of the researchers here have produced herbarium specimens of their collected specimens -- each specimen housed within the herbarium and with the potential of lasting hundreds of years.
Carl Max (Chase) Dixon III, a Creative Inquiry student, is shown here taking field notes in his project:
Spring Season Vouchering of Vascular Plants within the Clemson Experimental Forest: The South Peninsula Wildlife Division: 11
Chase's collection points (the blue dots) and red tracking lines on this map of Division 11 chronicle his exploration of this area. He documented 81 specimens (71 of them newly vouchered for Division 11), including one county record, one plant on the SCDNR rare, threatened and endangered list and five species newly documented within the rest of the Clemson Forest.
Spring Season Survey of Vascular Plants in the Clemson Experimental Forest: East Dam Ravines Natural Division: 4
Adam's collection points (the blue diamonds) chronicle his many collection areas. He collected 90 plants; 87 of them newly documented to this division. Among these, two of them were first documented records for Pickens County. Two other plants had not been previously documented in the rest of the Clemson Forest prior to this time.
Ben Case, a Creative Inquiry student, is shown here documenting Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood) in his project:
Fall Season Collection of Vascular Plants in the Clemson Experimental Forest, Keowee River Highlands, Natural Division 1
Ben's collection points (the blue diamond areas) denote his collection sites during this study. In his 100 collected plant specimens; 90 (90%) of the taxa had never been previously vouchered for this division. He also collected species that were "first time" documentations in the Clemson Experimental Forest.