Researchers from Clemson University Make Centuries-old Plant Images Available Online

Botanica Caroliniana, a project taken on by a team of researchers from Clemson and Furman University, gives botanists anywhere in the world a more complete picture of the ecological history of the Carolinas and Georgia.  This project makes original plant specimens collected in the Carolinas centuries ago by seminal naturalists, available to the public through an online database of high-resolution images.  Before Botanica Caroliniana, the only way to study these specimens was to travel to London.  “Through Botanica Caroliniana, researchers can now view in detail the original specimens without traveling to London, and use this primary source material to do taxonomic work these naturalists did not have the resources to do themselves at the time,” said Amy Blackwell, a research associate at the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

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