Online Image Collection
As the Economic Botany Collection is largely in storage, the Online Image Collection was designed to make it more accessible to the public and to generate a better understanding of its contents. The collection is catalogued according to TDWG World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions and the TDWG Economic Botany Data Collection Standard. These provide standardized terms and descriptors for plant uses and distribution benefiting collectors and the exchange of information between institutions. Within the standard, objects are placed into three levels depending on their use. Aspects of Levels 1 and 2 are demonstrated in the online collection. Reference sites used in the production of this website include PROTA Plant Resources of Tropical Africa, PROSEA Plant Resources of South East Asia, GRIN Germplasm Resources Information Network and The Plant List.
The Botanic Gardens welcomes potential users of the collection for research and educational purposes. Those interested in viewing and using the collection should contact the Director and Museum Curator, Dr. Matthew Jebb. The Economic Botany Collection is naturally heterogeneous and automatically presents itself as multifaceted and relevant to all socio-cultural groups in today's contemporary society. Regardeless of your age, nationality or gender, if you have information about the use of a particular plant shown online, folk stories or experiences we would love to hear from you.