Digital Blossoms

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Science  15 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5400, pp. 295
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5400.295c

This pretty photo of Indian paint brush is among over 6000 in the Vascular Plant Image Gallery, a Web site curated by botanists at Texas A&M University in College Station. From Japanese lotuses to the grasses of Kansas, the Net has blossomed with plant images, says Texas A&M's Hugh Wilson. The collections, he says, are used by everyone from botany teachers to taxonomists trying to identify a plant. This page links to dozens of sites, including a gallery of floral radiographs and a database of 17,000 California wildflower and other plant photos based on the life's work of a nature-loving monk.

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