vPlants: a Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region.
The online resource for plants of the Chicago Region, offering:
Currently the site contains data for more than 120,000 plant specimens records from more than 30 institutions. The core of these collections, ca, 80,000, come from three institution with particularly rich Chicago Region collections: the Field Museum of Natural History, The Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. These three institutions formed vPlants in 2001.
The original vPlants system was built to be a scalable herbarium data portal for the Chicago region. In 2015, the system was migrated to Symbiota, where data are now combined with data from herbaria spread across the U.S., many contributing specimens that increase our knowledge of the Chicagoland flora.