Disclaimer: The Field Museum's online Botanical Collections Database
may contain specimens and historical records that are culturally sensitive. Some records
may also include offensive language. These records do not reflect the Field Museum’s
current viewpoint but rather the social attitudes and circumstances of the time period
when specimens were collected or cataloged.
We welcome feedback. The web database is not a complete record of the
Museum’s botanical holdings, and documentation for specimens will vary due to
when and how they were collected as well as how recently they were acquired. While
efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of the information available on this website,
some content may contain errors. We work with communities and stakeholders around the
world to interpret the collections in order to promote a greater understanding of global
heritage and, through consultation, will revise or remove information that is inaccurate
or inappropriate. We encourage and welcome members of communities, scholars,
and others to contact us to confirm or clarify data found here.
The Timothy C. Plowman Economic Botany Collection of over 12,000 specimens, uniquely represents plant products and artifacts that complement rather than duplicate the Museum's more traditional herbarium collections. Comprehensive collections of economic plant materials are rare and the collection at Field Museum is rivaled by few institutions in the world.
Digitization efforts in the Economic Botany collection are ongoing with data entry of core fields (taxon, country, date collected, collector, expositions, and uses) completed for the entire collection (about half with images) and currently available on the Field Museum website. These efforts were made possible with the support of various private foundations.