Virtual
Herbarium

This portal will contain images and data from all 1.1 million specimens in the state's 15 herbaria.High resolution digital images will be available online through a convenient searchable web interface. The intial portal should be available by Fall 2011.

Plant
Images

We are developing a database of images of live plants for approximately 4,200 species in the state. The images of live plants and plant parts can be sorted, grouped, and presented in various ways to produce checklists, factsheets, keys, etc.

Plant
Resources

Additional resources and information about Louisiana plants will be available online. As a resource for the entire state, the CyberFlora Louisiana website can provide a centralized location for educational information related to plants.

Latest News
November 15, 2010 300,000 Images have been imaged. View Plant Images.
April 18, 2009 CyberFlora Louisiana project receives additional funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.
January 20, 2009 The second year of NSF funding was awarded to the CyberFlora Louisiana project.
April 18, 2009 CyberFlora Louisiana project receives additional funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.
March 1, 2009 The National Science Foundation announced a total award of almost $500,000 to the University of Louisiana at Monroe for a three-year project that will digitize the images and data of more than one million plant specimens in 15 Louisiana herbaria.
A National Science Foundation
supported project
The NSF Biological Reseach Collections program is providing nearly $500,000 to support the digitization of Louisiana's herbaria and development of the CyberFlora Louisiana website over a three-year period. Additional support was received from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund through an enhancement grant.
The Louisiana herbaria are members of the South East Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC), an active network of the 215 herbaria in the Southeast. Developing efficient networks between herbaria is a similar challenge for the entire country. As SERNEC develops a networked database of the entire region, Louisiana will serve as a model to determine what obstacles remain in utilizing this technology among small, medium, and large collections.

A virtual collection of plant information for the state could increase interest in plant sciences, leading to a greater appreciation of the importance of plants and their conservation.