Jeremiah Harris and I decided to check out the Harvard Museum of Natural History yesterday. There is a vast mineral collection on display as well as an array of stunning fossils, skeletons and Victorian era taxidermy specimens from around the world. In this diverse collection of natural wonders is a dimly lit room lined with glass display cases. Contained in these cases are handmade glass (that's right, GLASS !) herbarium specimen style displays of 847 species of plants. These amazing pieces were created by hand by a father and son team in Dresden Germany in 1887 and took 50 years to complete. The accuracy and delicacy of these models is mind blowing. I can't even imagine how they survived the long trip from Europe to Massachusetts over 100 years ago.
For time and space sake, I've only included photos of the carnivores and other relevant associate plants.
Excuse the crappy cell phone pics..........
Nepenthes sanguinea (female)
Nepenthes maxima (male)
Calopogon tuberosus & Epipactis gigantea
Platanthera orchids (Classified as Habenaria at the time they were created)
A palm flower.
Pollintation models (also glass)