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Epidendrum guentherianum (Orchidaceae) – one of the last type specimens to be imaged.


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Steere Herbarium

Virtual Herbarium

Digital Imaging Project

The New York Botanical Garden has completed the project to photograph its approximately 89,000 vascular plant type specimens. This project is part of a larger effort by the Garden to make information about its herbarium collections electronically available. Over 82,000 specimens have been imaged and are available in The Virtual Herbarium of The New York Botanical Garden.

The digital images available in the Virtual Herbarium are not intended to replace the actual specimens, but rather augment our Vascular Plant Type Catalog. This on-line database makes information about individual specimens easily accessible to scientists around the world through the Internet. The vascular plant type specimens were selected to image first because they are the most important collection in the herbarium.

This project has been funded by the Xerox Foundation. Students of the Biomedical Photographic Communications Department of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Xerox provided technical assistance. The Imaging Manual created by RIT can be downloaded by anyone interested in learning more about the technical aspects behind our project.

For further information on the Vascular Plant Type Specimens Imaging Project, please contact our Imaging Coordinator.


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