[Taxacom] Herbarium PTBG
lorence at ntbg.org
Wed May 30 20:53:12 CDT 2007
PTBG Herbarium Goes Online.
The herbarium of the National Tropical Botanical Garden s (Herbarium PTBG)
comprises one of the most comprehensive modern collections of Hawaiian plant
specimens, comprising about 56,000 specimens of flowering plants,
gymnosperms, ferns and fern allies, fungi, and bryophytes. The collection's
focus is plants of the Hawaiian Islands and other Pacific islands and
archipelagos, including Polynesia (particularly the Marquesas Islands),
Micronesia, and Melanesia. The Hawaiian Islands collections include native,
naturalized, and cultivated plants, as well as vouchers of plants in NTBG's
gardens. The herbarium also includes excellent reference collections of
Rubiaceae and Monimiaceae from tropical America, Madagascar, New Caledonia,
and elsewhere. It contains the most comprehensive modern collection of
vouchers of Hawaiian and Marquesan plants anywhere, including a number of
species that are now extinct. Over 27,000 collections have been data based
and are now available through the Garden's website [http://ntbg.org/] as a
searchable database [http://ntbg.org/herbarium/].
Currently high-quality images of all type specimens of vascular plants (over
200) are available through the Web database, to be viewed using Zoomify
<http://www.zoomify.com/> T. This allows zoom-and-pan for up-close
interactive viewing of the specimen over the Web. Images of other selected
groups will be added incrementally in the future.
A Botanical Research Center (BRC) that brings together the herbarium and
library under a single roof is currently under construction at NTBG's
headquarters in Kalaheo, Kauai. The project is registered with the U.S.
Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) Program and is designed to comply with their standards for Silver
LEED Certification. The BRC will serve not only as a resource for national
and international researchers, but also as a significant resource for Hawaii
and the local community. Through NTBG's education and outreach programs
local students will be able to learn firsthand about tropical botany,
horticulture, and ethnobotany, as well as the importance of traditional
knowledge and natural and cultural resource management. More information is
available at http://ntbg.org/programs/research-brc.php
David H. Lorence, Ph.D.
Curator, Herbarium PTBG
National Tropical Botanical Garden
3530 Papalina Road
Kalaheo, HI 96741 U.S.A.
phone: 808-332-7324 ext. 223
email: lorence at ntbg.org
The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life
through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by
perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of
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