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Three major botanical institutions, The Morton Arboretum, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Chicago Botanic Garden, have developed the online, searchable database vPlants (“virtual Plants”) that provides free plant specimen data and digital images of specimens to anyone with internet access. The project began in January 2001. Learn more

The Chicago Region, as defined by the vPlants Project, encompasses twenty-four counties from four states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin) surrounding the southern tip of Lake Michigan in the western Great Lakes region of the north central United States. This area shares a unique set of physiographic (relating to physical geography) and floristic (relating to plant life) features that were defined in many ways by the glacial history of the area. Learn more

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Information provided on this page applies to the Chicago Region and may not be relevant or complete for other regions.