The stonecrop family in Belgium:
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In this project we will document the Crassulaceae. These are often plants of dry habitats and have thick, succulent leaves which store water. They are found all over the world, in temperate and tropical climates. Traditionally they have been associated with a long life, perhaps because they can revive after a long drought. Houseleeks (Sempervivum) are also meant to protect houses against lightning when they grow on the roof.
The Belgian Herbarium:
The Botanic Garden Meise holds the largest herbarium collection of Belgian plant specimens. Each of these herbarium specimens has a label with valuable information such as the plant’s identification, and when, where, and who collected the plant. These specimens can be used in many domains of research, such as conservation, evolution, ecology and systematics. These data help us to better understand the plants of Belgium, their history and that of people who collected them. There are about 200,000 specimens in the Belgian Herbarium of the Botanic Garden Meise and we want to document them all! These data will then be made available online at www.botanicalcollections.be.
Belgium, Crassulaceae, Herbae, Hortus Botanicus Meise, Botanica.