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The goal of this site is to present high resolution images to assist in the identification and appreciation of the flora of Oregon. A very large proportion of the species in the Oregon flora are also found in adjacent areas in the western United States; some are even more widely distributed. Thus, to this extent, the information presented here will have relevance to a broader audience. In some instances, images of plants from outside of Oregon are presented where suitable images of corresponding Oregon specimens are not (yet) available. Although the focus is on native species, images of species that are naturalized in Oregon are also included.
In addition to assistance with the identification of Oregon plant species, the high resolution images of floral features presented here comprise instructional aids of general value for systematics courses that are concerned with plant family concepts and characteristics. Use of these images for such instructional efforts is highly encouraged.
This site is in active development and images will be added continuously as they are accumulated and processed for posting. Although some of the earlier images are derived from scans of 35 mm transparencies, those of recent growing seasons were captured with Nikon digital cameras (Coolpix 990, 4500, and more recently a Nikon D70s equipped with macro lens and wireless remote speedlight).
Plant family concepts followed here are basically those of Angiosperm Phylogeny Group II (2003) or more recently adopted treatments as warranted by newer systematic data. As this effort is proceeding in concert with the Oregon State University Oregon Flora Project [http://www.oregonflora.org/], species and lower taxon concepts and nomeclature mirror the Oregon Plant Atlas [http://cladonia.nacse.org/platlas/jclass/OPAJava20.htm].
Most of the currently available monocot images (>125 species) have been posted and are available for viewing. A large backlog of dicot images is the current focus of processing and posting efforts ( in alphabetical order by family). Content may change daily. Dicot families Adoxaceae to Primulaceae are now up to date with available images. Unlinked species names in families beyond that point are "in the works;" linked pages will be created and added as the available images of these species are processed.