What is a herbarium? It is a collection of pressed, dried and mounted plants and plant parts. These are stored on acid-free paper in climate and pest-controlled cabinets. Mercer Botanic Gardens herbarium, registered as MERCA in Index Herbariorum, a global directory of herbaria and staff, includes plants of east Texas, rare eastern Texas species, permanent sample sites that include Harris County saline prairies, and specimens from Mercer Botanic Gardens living collections. In the spring of 2017, the herbarium collection at Mercer will grow from approximately 5,000 to about 50,000 specimens with the long-term loan of a collection from the Robert Vines Environmental Science Center and Arboretum (Spring Branch Science Center) herbarium, registered as SBSC in Index Herbariorum, an important collection documenting the flora of the Houston metro area and East Texas.
See the full job description: MercerHerbariumIntern2017.pdf.