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    Harvard University Glass Plant Collection

    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..........


    Dionaea muscipula




    Drosera filiformis


    Drosera rotundifolia






    Darlingtonia californica



    Sarracenia purpurea




    Sarracenia flava


    Nepenthes sanguinea (female)












    Nepenthes maxima (male)











    Utricularia vulgaris



    Calopogon tuberosus & Epipactis gigantea




    Platanthera orchids (Classified as Habenaria at the time they were created)




    Pogonia ophioglossoides


    Cypripedium parviflorum




    Cypripedium reginae




    Another orchid.



    Parnassius palustris


    Eriocaulon


    Lilium canadense


    Iris


    Pine Sap


    A palm flower.


    Cactus





    Pollintation models (also glass)







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    Thats incredible.. They look exactly like the real thing.

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    Holy cow, those are incredible. The only things that look fake are the insects!
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    Is there a video showing the crafting process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdfederation View Post
    Is there a video showing the crafting process?
    Well, since they were made in 1887.....I would have to say no.

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    Stunning! Sweet daytrip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Well, since they were made in 1887.....I would have to say no.
    Damn I was hoping the makers were using gopros or something.
    But I gotta say.. those are incredible.. I didn't expect them to be so realistic. Can't wait to see the NECPS show pics!

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    Amazing. They're so life like, which is even more impressive considering that they were made in 1887. Thanks for sharing!

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