On 15 Mar 2000 21:59:14 -0000, jfh30 at cus.cam.ac.uk (John Hewitson)
> In my teaching laboratory I have a leaf with an iodine / starch positive
>from an old b/w negative which I mounted between plastic (OHP) sheets and
>sealed the edges with sellotape. It has survived for years and I keep it
>in reserve to pass round as "Here's one I prepared earlier."
>>> Maybe it's the boiling in alcohol that helps them keep - you
>>might not have wanted to do this in a 4th grade class! - NH
>>My leaf is also a geranium leaf and I DID boil it in alcohol first - so I
>guess Nancy could be right.
>>Dr. John Hewitson (Oundle School)
>Bramston Garden Cottage, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4BG UK
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John, that idea about mounting between plastic sheets is great!
We often have to "share" leaves between the majors and
non-majors classes, when they are all doing PSN at the
same time (we have only one geranium plant, usually.)
But could you tell me what "OHP" plastic is?
On a similar note, I have found that Lycopodium,
not available in Calif, if brought back fresh from the
Eastern US, will keep its green color if stored in a
sealable plastic baggie (like from the supermarket).
We have one that has lasted 2 years, anyway.
T.A.Botany at Santa Rosa Jr.College
Milo Baker Chapter, California Native Plant Society