The Friesner Herbarium Digital Collection currently contains more than 19,500 images of plant specimens, collected through out Indiana, from the Butler University Friesner Herbarium. This collection includes fern, orchid, and sunflower specimens along with plants in the bean, buttercup, figwort, mint, mustard, rose, lily, pink, carrot, and forget-me-not families, plus non-Carex sedge members of the sedge family. At this point, more than 1100 species are covered in this collection.
This digital collection was developed by the Friesner Herbarium and Butler University Libraries, with digital images created by Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis University Library. The goal is to make images of all of the 43,000 Indiana plant specimens in the Butler University Friesner Herbarium available to the public. We are currently looking for funding to complete the project.
The work done so far was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library. The collection can also be accessed through the Indiana Memory site and the Digital Public Library of America site.
For further information about any of the species found in this digital collection, please consult the following reference books:
Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers, Kay Yatskievych, 2000, Indiana University Press.
Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide, Michael A. Homoya, 2011, Indiana University Press.
Orchids of Indiana, Michael A. Homoya, 1993, Indiana Academy of Science.
Sedges of Indiana and the Adjacent States: The non-Carex Species, Paul E. Rothrock, 2009, Indiana Academy of Science.
Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest. Identification, Wildlife Values, and Landscaping Use, Sally S. Weeks and Harmon P. Weeks, Jr., with a forward by Michael A. Homoya, 2012, Purdue University Press.
The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest, Thomas M. Antonio and Susanne Masi, 2001, Indiana Academy of Science.
If you have comments or questions about this collection, please contact us. If you would like downloads of metadata, please contact the Friesner Herbarium staff. If you have questions about the identification of a particular species, please contact the Friesner Herbarium Director.