The bindweed family in Belgium:
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In this project we will document the Convolvulaceae, a large and diverse family, which includes herbs, trees and shrubs. Members of the family are found all over the world, in temperate and tropical climates. In Belgium we are most used to bindweed (Calystegia, Convolvulus), which can be a terrible weed of gardens, even though they have large attractive flowers. Some members of the Convolvulaceae are obligate parasites of other plants and have no chlorophyll. They get all their resources by tapping into the stems of their host. In Belgium an example is dodder (Cuscuta).
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, Convolvulaceae, Herbae, Hortus Botanicus Meise, Botanica.