Neotropical Plant Photographs
We provide a database of tens of thousands of plant photographs from the Neotropics. The collection is linked with our herbarium specimen page, allowing users to toggle back-and-forth between dried specimens and photographs of live plants.
We provide a collection of Neotropical plant photographs. The ability to recognize plants quickly depends on visual memory and 'pattern recognition' and these abilities vary greatly in humans. Artists often learn to recognize plants much faster than the average scientist. Although this fuzzy 'gestalt' approach may seem unscientific, it is a convenient shortcut to getting plants roughly identified before resorting to more rigorous comparison using keys and technical description. By first learning the largest or most easily recognized groups, one can deal with them quickly and focus more attention at the species level or on the less common or more difficult groups.