diagnostic photos (was The Wisdom of Mary Sue..)

Boyce Tankersley btankers@chicagobotanic.org
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:24:19 PST
Hi Diane:

Yes, they are used in conjunction with a visual inspection of the plant.
Unfortunately, spring emergent foliage, flower bud, full flower, fruit,
fall color and winter characteristics (stem color for instance) are
often required to confirm an identification so the expert will see at
the most a couple of these characteristics during the 2-3 days they are
able to spend at CBG.

Once a species is verified, the images are uploaded to Morphbank's image
server located at Florida State University. 


At this time we have almost no geophytes online but do have a number of
perennial and woody taxa. Their Simple Search feature is quite useful.

The verification work is part of our participation in the North American
Plant Collections Consortium organized by the American Public Gardens

Boyce Tankersley
Director of Living Plant Documentation
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
tel: 847-835-6841
fax: 847-835-1635
email: btankers@chicagobotanic.org

<Is the verification of the photos done in  
conjunction with examining the live plant?

Are these to be distributed to other institutions, or are they just a  
record of the plants in your garden?>

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