Collections Data - Economic Botany

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.

For copyright, data usage and citation information please refer to the Field Museum Data Norms and Considerations.

For loans or special requests, corrections, general inquiries, images, suggestions, please email Christine Niezgoda at cniezgoda(at)