Quisqualis Virtual Herbarium TM is designed
to supplement the traditional herbarium sheet. Since many herbarium
sheets are being digitized and placed online it seems logical that
the next step would be placing photographs for identification online.
Photographic evidence of plant characteristics preserves, to a degree,
elements of colour and appearance that are lost as a specimen dries.
On the other hand, like digitized herbarium sheets, a researcher cannot
pick up a specimen and examine it more closely.
If you would like to contribute photographs or information
about a specific plant please contact the web master. As previously
stated, we doubt that the Virtual Herbariumô will ever replace the
traditional but we believe that it can become a valuable resource.
Since this is an ongoing project we are open to suggestions
for making the pages better. Comments, suggestions and contributions
may be sent here.
Page first posted 05 May 2003. Updated 2007