Label Appreciation: Favorites

By Amy Weiss

Dec 21 2021

Labels are as important to a herbarium specimen as the plant, alga, or fungus itself. A good label tells you who collected this specimen, where it was collected, and when. A great label goes beyond those basics: descriptive details of features that might be lost after drying, the habitat where it grows, known uses, what other species might be growing nearby. 

My favorite labels also have a great overall design. A combination of interesting colors, font choices, or decorative elements all catch my eye when I'm looking through specimens. These are a few of my favorite labels.