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Plants & Fungi
Photograph of wildflowers in bloom with Mt. Rainier in the background

Helpful resources developed by the UW Burke Museum Herbarium to help you identify the wildflowers you come across in our region.

Researcher Ana Bedoya Ovalle returns to Colombia to collect and study river-weed plants in South America.

Researcher Ana Bedoya Ovalle returns to Colombia to collect and study river-weed plants in South America.

Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species – and plans to auction off the right to name it.

Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species – and plans to auction off the right to name it. 

Pile of the Elaphomyces truffles found in the ski boot.

The Herbarium helps to solve a mysterious discovery—in ski boots of all places! 

The Burke Museum Herbarium is revising the guide to vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest.

flowering purple butterfly bush

Graduate student John Chau discovers the origin of the Butterfly-bush, a familiar flowering plant in the Seattle area.

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.

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