Plants of the World Online is an online database of digitised data of flora gathered over the last 250 years of botanical research. It was set up by Kew Gardens and contains data from them and their partners, including the taxonomy, identification, images, distribution, traits, threat status of plants worldwide.
Many of the images included are taken from scans of the plants from Kew’s Herbarium through their Herbarium Catalogue which includes items that have been dried or preserved over the last couple of centuries.
It was announced yesterday (4th November) that the government is going to fund a £15 million project to further digitise the Herbarium collection and make it more accessible to researchers around the world, in the hope of revolutionising climate change research. So keep an eye out for further improvements!
Here is a link to GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, which is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.
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