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The mounting we will study is done entirely in the laboratory and is different from the processes we do in Moray where we mount wild plants. In this case, we create samples of plants that have been classified and studied in depth (even at the genetic level).

1. Once the plant to be mounted is identified, it is carefully untangled and removed to avoid any kind of damage.

Photo: César del Rio

2. The cut of the plant (of reasonable size) is carefully placed on the classic sheet of newspaper.

3. With a small piece of paper the flower is flattened before flattening the plant completely.

Photo: César del Rio

4. After flattening the flower, the whole plant is flattened. First by placing a piece of paper that covers it completely and then with a medium thick cardboard.

5. The plant inside the cardboard is placed between two thick wooden frames that are tightly fastened with two harnesses.

6. All this material is placed in an oven to dry the plant at 60 ºC for 24 to 48 hours.

7. Once the required time has elapsed, everything is carefully removed and uncovered, avoiding damage to the plant.

8. Moisten small ribbons (on the clamp in the photo), which are used to attach each part of the branches, necessary so that the plant is well secured and does not fall (depending on what will be done with the sample).

Photo: César del Rio
Photo: César del Rio

10. Finally, any necessary detail is arranged so that the plant is completely flat and then placed in a mica or cover for its presentation.

Photo: César del Rio
Photo: César del Rio
César del Rio
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Photographer From an early age he started in the world of audiovisual communication, specializing in gastronomic and product photography, contributing for several years to Mater Iniciativa with the production of images and videos for the development of different projects. He currently runs his own digital agency "Fotograf" collaborating with brands for the production of audiovisual content.

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