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The Gesneriad Reference Web

Fifty-four new high-resolution images have just been added to Ronald Myhr's site devoted to gesneriads, a large family of tropical herbs and shrubs, including gloxinias and African violets. Almost 300 color images are available, accessible either alphabetically by Latin name, or as thumbnail photos under the corresponding genus pages (listed in the section labeled Gesneriad Genera). In addition to...
History of Palaeozoic Forests

University of Muenster's Palaeobotanical Research Group provides this site with links to Web sources dealing with Paleozoic forests. One educational highlight of the site is the regularly updated introductory text, "History of Palaeozoic Forests," by Hans Kerp, Head of the Palaeobotanical Research Group at Muenster. Available in both English and German, this text features information on the...
The D.C. Herbarium

The D.C. Herbarium, maintained by the Smithsonian Institution, is a collection of those plants found in the Washington, D.C. - Baltimore, MD region. This Web site allows users to query the online database for plants of interest and includes an image and distribution map for most species, and an estimated map location for most specimens. The site also contains an image gallery of D.C. area flora...
Northeast Wetland Flora: Field Office Guide to Plant Species

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's Northeast National Technical Center in Chester, Pennsylvania produced Northeast Wetland Flora: Field Office Guide to Plant Species. The guide contains black and white illustrations, full species descriptions (with color photographs, illustrations, and small distribution maps), illustrated glossaries, an alphabetical species list (provides common and...
Plant Diversity in Paraguay

This Web site contains a database of Paraguayan plant specimens from the Natural History Museum herbarium in London, as well as all records of collections made during a biological inventory of the Mbaracay Forest Nature Reserve (a project funded by the UK government's Darwin Initiative). In addition to the database, which is searchable by taxonomy or geography via convenient dropdown menus,...
Story of Plant Pathology: Past to Present

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) has recently launched an illustrated, narrated version of "Plant Pathology: Past to Present" -- a storybook written by plant pathologists to "help people and young students, in particular, to understand the importance of plant diseases." Visitors follow Heinrich Anton deBary, the "Father of Plant Pathology," on a virtual tour of plant diseases and their...
Burke Museum Research & Collections

With this Web site, users may access free resources based on the nationally ranked collections of the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Over 5 million specimens are to be found in four areas: anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology. Online resources linked to the zoology collections include a guide to the herpetofauna of Washington, two mammals databases, and a fun section on spider...
Missouri Botanical Garden: Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador

A collaborative project of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, the Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, and Aarhus University, this Internet version of the _Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador_ "is designed to give users an overview of the plant species found in Ecuador and allows them to easily navigate and browse the information currently... ActKey

Provided by the Harvard University Herbarium, ActKey allows visitors to locate and use a key for identifying an unknown specimen. As is noted on the site, "ActKey was developed to enable ready-access to on-line interactive keys. The program is web-based. Common Internet browsers may be used to access the interface." Thus, by visiting the site, users can choose from over five pages of keys, ranging...
Clematis Queen

The American Clematis Society (ACS) greets potential visitors with an enticing display of clematis flowers, and invites them to enter the website. Once inside, you will discover that ACS was "founded in 1996 for the purpose of encouraging and promoting the development and improvement of clematis and to collect, record and share information concerning clematis." The website serves as a great...
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