Tuesday 5 August 2014
The word 'Xylothek' translates to 'Wooden library'. It, however, is not any old collection of books. Almost all developed countries with worries over their trees species have at least one xylothek with their own country's trees, and another with trees from over the world.
The largest number of samples in a collection is in the Samuel James Record Collection of the Forestry School of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This collection houses 60,000 samples.
Each 'book' in a xylothek describes a certain tree species and the cover is made of the wood, the spine of the bark, mosses and lichens from the same tree are arranged inside.
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