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Botanical Resources Available Online (BRAVO) for the Colombian flora

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Botanical Resources Available Online (BRAVO) for the Colombian flora

This data store is to facilitate online identification by matching of forest plot voucher specimens with reference specimens in the world's herbaria. It was developed as part of a project funded by the British Council and Newton Fund to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE): Botanical Resources Available Online (BRAVO) for the Colombian flora.

The Herbarium voucher images were taken by staff of COLTREE and the University of Tolima Herbarium. The specimens are stored in the official TOLI herbarium collection.


The RBGE element of the project focused on improving the online flora catalogues of ecological monitoring plots, and has digitised voucher specimens from permanent plots across Colombia.

A bottleneck in improving taxonomic identification of plot vouchers, and facilitating the key step of cross-checking identifications across plots is the ability to compare images of those vouchers, which may be stored in different repositories, with authoritatively identified herbarium specimens, which are housed in numerous herbaria. 

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Images of plants from Columbian researchers.

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December 20, 2019
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