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Plants

Beginning 4,000 years ago, people shifted from living solely on wild foods to farming and raising domestic animals. Why did this change occur?

A Burke Museum graduate student travels to Colombia to study the tropical diversity of river-weed plants. 

A new method of sampling fossil leaves allows researchers to more accurately predict climate temperatures.

preserved plant specimen on page with herbarium stamp

More than 2.4 million plant, fungal, lichen, and algal specimen records from the Pacific Northwest.

small purple flowers

Images and information about bloom time, habitat, and distribution range for more than 2,700 plant species that grow wild in Washington.

Photo of fireweed in bloom

Images, species descriptions, range maps and bloom period for more than 850 common wildflowers, shrubs and vines that occur in Washington.

Woman kneeling on forest bed

How tiny fossilized plant particles in Costa Rica can be used to reconstruct past landscapes.

sketches of Centaurea plants

We’re revising Flora of the Pacific Northwest, published in 1973, with updated information for over 5,300 varieties of vascular plants.

Cortinarius parkeri, a common spring species in conifer forest.

Developing “barcodes” with fungi DNA helps easily identify species. 

Zebra jaw showing high-crowned teeth.

Researchers sink their teeth into this tricky evolutionary question. 

Close-up of fossil phytolith.

By extracting phytoliths from once-living plants, scientists were able to uncover a story of vegetation change in response to climate.

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