Pressed Botanicals

A traditional horticultural practice that's still fresh today

The art and science of pressed botanicals is a way to record a plant’s unique morphological characteristics. The results are both informative and beautiful. The following images are the work of Denise Kelly, a Northern California horticulturist and editor, from her Plants of California collection.

Alnus rhombifolia

Alnus rhombifolia

Alnus rhombifolia  Nutt.  White alder
Glen Ellen, Sonoma County  Denise Kelly   May 11, 2012

Danthonia californica

Danthonia californica

Danthonia californica  Bol.  California oat grass
Willits, Mendocino County   Denise Kelly   May 8, 2012

Quercus lobata

Quercus lobata

Quercus lobata  Nee  Valley oak
Glen Ellen, Sonoma County  Denise Kelly   May 11, 2012

Carex sp.

Carex sp.

Carex sp.  Sedge
Eureka, Humboldt County   Denise Kelly   Many 26, 2012

Ranunculus repens

Ranunculus repens

Ranunculus repens  L.  Creeping buttercup
Non-native, introduced
Eureka, Humboldt County   Denise Kelly   May 26, 2012

Stipa pulchra

Stipa pulchra

Stipa pulchra  Hitchcock  Purple needle grass
Black Point, Marin County   Denise Kelly   May 2, 2012

Salix exigua

Salix exigua

Salix exigua  Nutt.  Sandbar willow
Glen Ellen, Sonoma County   Denise Kelly  May 11, 2012

Carex arthrostachya

Carex arthrostachya

Carex arthrostachya  Olney  Long-bracted sedge
Willits, Mendocino County   Denise Kelly   May 29, 2012

Trifolium variegatum

Trifolium variegatum

Trifolium variegatum  Nutt.  Variegated clover
Willits, Mendocino County   Denise Kelly   May 15, 2012

Physocarpus capitatus

Physocarpus capitatus

Physocarpus capitatus  Kuntze  Pacific ninebark
Willits, Mendocino County   Denise Kelly   May 29, 2012

Deschampsia danthonoides

Deschampsia danthonoides

Deschampsia danthonoides  Munro  Annual hair grass
Willits, Mendocino County   Denise Kelly   May 8, 2012