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The C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium is the electronic gateway to the collections of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium. The goals of the Virtual Herbarium are to make specimen data available electronically for use in biodiversity research projects; to reduce shipping of actual specimens for projects where digital representations will suffice for study; and to reunite data elements (e.g., photographs and drawings, manuscripts, published works, microscopic preparations, gene sequences) derived from a specimen with the catalog record for that specimen.

The digital collections of the Virtual Herbarium are updated daily as the Garden pursues the goal of digitizing all of its 7,200,000 plant and fungi specimens.

The cataloging of herbarium specimens is prioritized according to the needs of research by staff and by the broader scientific community. There are approximately 15 current or completed cataloging projects that relate to type specimens, staff research specimens, or areas of particular strength in the collection. Below you can view sample records from some of our current cataloging projects.

To view the entire list of catalogs, or to search them either individually or collectively, please see the link at left entitled "Search the Entire Virtual Herbarium."

Type Specimen Catalogs

Current Staff Research

Digital Herbarium and Library Projects

Additional Information

We are interested in comments from users and suggestions for additional features and functions.

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Thiers
Herbarium Director

The New York Botanical Garden's new Digital Imaging Center

Policy regarding the Use of The C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium Plant Images

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