Common juniper

collected in 1970
Scientific Name:
Juniperus communis L.

Some BC First Nations burned juniper boughs to fumigate a house, or made a preparation from the cones to kill ticks on horses.

This specimen of Common Juniper, Juniperus communis L. demonstrates that having the breadth and depth of large natural history collections such as ours requires the expertise and generosity of many community members in the province. It was collected in Haida Gwaii in 1970 by ethnobotanist Nancy Turner, who donated her plant collections to the RBCM herbarium.

Many of our herbarium specimens are donated by private individuals, environmental consultants, and students and staff from colleges and universities.

This object selected by Dr Ken Marr and Dr Erica Wheeler.