John G. McGrath — The Hale Center for Journalism
The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Biological Sciences has teamed up with Powell Gardens to create a website that shows a collection of flora from all over Missouri.
UMKC teaching associate professor Tamas Kapros and his plant biology students took over 2,000 photographs that represent 18,000 plants at the Norland Henderson Herbarium at Powell Gardens. The website was developed by UMKC associate professor Jakob Waterborg.
This collection of digital photographs is a catalog of plants native to Missouri. Alan Branhagen, director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, said in a press release that the catalog can be used by researchers who do not have access to the actual herbarium specimens.
This catalog helps to give a plant resource to the public, regardless of their location or the time of year.
“It’s for everybody” said John Martellaro, director of Media Relations for UMKC, “but the most that will find it interesting are those who are plant experts, and, more importantly, they don’t have to travel to the actual places to collect them.”
The catalog can also be found under “Gardening Resources” at the Powell Gardens website.