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Oct 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 18)

Australian Flora Resources

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Planning a trip down under? If so, you may want to take a gape at the Australian Flora Resources from the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Better yet, if you’re a research botanist with an interest in plants, this is a great place to visit. Here, visitors will find about a bazillion photos of Aussie plants, an extensive list of plants in cultivation, and a category entitled “People, Art, and Culture,” which links to everything from botanical art to aboriginal uses of native plants. Sections on Biodiversity, Databases, Photographs, and more cross-link information found in other places on the site. Other links on the site connect visitors with the Australian Biological Resources Study, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the Australian Systematic Botany Society, and the Center for Plant Diversity Research.
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