Veit B. Wittrock of Stockholm, Sweden created this four-volume collection, called an Exsiccatae. An Exsiccatae is a bound set of neatly mounted plant specimens; the pages often contain extensive botanical information, setting them apart from typical herbarium specimens. In 1885, Wittrock began sending the volumes to C.G. Pringle, in exchange for receiving unique plant specimens to include in his Exsiccatae publication. Not only are the arrangements beautiful, but some sheets are even type specimens.
Gorgeous murals adorn the walls of the herbarium: they welcome you in the stairway and keep you company while at work. Several talented students, artists and scientists created these pieces in the 1970s and early 80s. Each artists’ unique style and accurate portrayal of the subject material is stunning.