Provide a 6-10 inch sample of growing tip end of the stem with seeds, leaves, and flowers if available.
Place the sample flat between a layer or two of dry newspaper or paper towel. Try to prevent excessive folding of the leaves and place flowers so that you are looking into the center of the flower. Do this while the sample is fresh!
Pack the wrapped bundle in plastic, preferably with a piece of cardboard to keep the sample flat.
Alternatively, fresh terrestrial plant samples may be placed directly into a plastic bag and refrigerated until it they are taken to a reporting facility.
Aquatic weed samples can be placed in plastic bag without newspaper.
Wrap whole fruit specimens in paper and store in an uncrushable container.
Package in sturdy crush-proof container and pack with additional paper to prevent shifting.
Ensure that the package is well sealed. Don't spread the weed!
Funding and support for this project was made possible by the Hawai'i Invasive Species Council, the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry assistance, and University of Hawai'i-Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.