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.
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Rapid Reference Collection
The Rapid Reference Collection is an abridged version of the Field Museum’s herbarium, curated by Keller Science Action Center staff, which serves as a tool for quickly identifying Neotropical plants. Nearly a quarter of the New World flora is present in the RRC, where each species is represented by 1–3 digitized, expert-identified specimens. Search the RRC here (plantidtools.fieldmuseum.org/rrc), and browse our other plant identification tools here (plantidtools.fieldmuseum.org).
Credits: This database was developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and members of the Field Museum community: Withrow Meeker, Ellen Hyndman, Tobey and John Taylor and the Warwick Foundation, Liza and Al Pyott, and Jamee and Marshall Field. The Rapid Reference project is currently run by Nigel Pitman (oversight), Nancy Hensold (taxonomy, databasing), Colleen Dennis (imaging, databasing), and Robin Foster (founder), with significant support from the Field Museum herbarium and IT department. The following people played an important role in previous years: Corine Vriesendorp, Tyana Wachter, Margaret Metz, Heike Betz, and Ryan Peters. We are grateful for additional support from Mike Contraveos, Erica Bishop, Sarah Kaplan, Edna Davion, Allison Beck, Lydia Gentry, Ute Knoerr, Aaron Franklin, Amber Staub, Juliana Philipp, Jean Fincher, Freddie Robinson, Darlene Dowdy, and Alicia Castro. This website was designed by Nicole Borens, built by Nina Sandlin, Sharon Grant, Pete Herbst, and Kate Webbink, and launched in 2017 with support from an anonymous foundation.
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