Despite being over 90 years old, this specimen still has beautiful color! This red maple specimen was collected on October 23, 1926 by Otto Jennings during a field trip of the Botanical Society of Western PA to Chestnut Ridge in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Red maple (Acer rubrum) is one of the most common trees in eastern North America. You can find it from southern Canada down to Florida and Minnesota down to eastern Texas. It is renowned for its beautiful scarlet red foliage in autumn. Happy fall!
Botanists at Carnegie Museum of Natural History share pieces of the herbarium’s historical hidden collection on the dates they were discovered or collected. Check back for more!