SIUE Plants of SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
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Collection Description

This digital collection features digital photographs of plant species found on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The images are accompanied by descriptions and scientific information. The collection is designed both as a teaching tool for botany students and a resource for lay-people with an interest in plants.
Click on the markers on the map below to browse the collection for plants found at the corresponding location. Some plants aren't mapped to a particular location because they are found in various campus locations or are cultivated on campus.

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Note: Grasses have inconspicuous flowers.

This project was created in 2010 by Lovejoy Library, SIUE, in collaboration with Elizabeth Esselman, Department of Biological Sciences, SIUE. The Project Director was Matt Paris. The collection images include digital photographs shot by Ginger Stricklin for SIUE, and also digital photographs contributed by Jessica Lynn Esselman and used with her permission. All images are provided for educational use only. The following sources were consulted for the plant descriptions and scientific information:

1. Gleason, H. A., & Cronquist, A. (1991). Manual of vascular plants of northeasten United States and adjacent Canada. New York: New York Botanic Garden.
2. Hill, S. (1999). Illinois species database. Retrieved June 4, 2010, from
3. Illinois Natural History Survey. (2010). Illinois Natural History Survey [website]. Retrieved July 28, 2010, from
4. Missouri Botanical Garden. (2010). MBG Kemper Center PlantFinder. Retrieved August 24, 2010, from

For family characteristics for plants included in this collection, see:
Zomlefer, Wendy B. (1994). Guide to flowering plant families. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.