Chamaenerion latifolium – Chowder Ridge, Whatcom Co, WA. (Gary Brill)

Welcome to the updated Burke Herbarium Image Collection web site!

The Image Collection web site presents photographs and information for the vascular plants, macrofungi, and lichenized fungi of Washington state. Photographs are accompanied by distribution maps, species descriptions, synonymy, and links to additional resources. An easy to use identification key is provided for vascular plants.

Developed and hosted by the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum, the web site brings together 68,269 photographs and contributions from numerous photographers and botanists.

Washington is home to an estimated 3,476 species of vascular plants, 2,414 species of macrofungi, and 1,188 species of lichenized fungi across a diverse array of landscapes from lush coastal rainforests to dry sagebrush plains, high alpine meadows and much more in between.

The Burke Herbarium and its partners have also released wildflower identification apps for Washington and Idaho based in part on content from the Burke Herbarium Image Collection. The macrofungal portion of the Image Collection web site reproduces photographs and species descriptions from Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, published by Timber Press.

Summary:
2,976 vascular plant species with photos
949 macrofungi species with photos
162 lichenized fungi species with photos
64,156 vascular plant photos
3,574 macrofungi photos
384 lichenized fungi photos
by 357 photographers
Vascular Plants:

Includes all flowering plants, conifers, ferns and fern-allies.

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Macrofungi:

Covers mushrooms and other non-lichenized fungi that form multicellular fruiting bodies large enough to be seen with the unaided eye.

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Lichenized Fungi:

Lichens are composite organisms composed of fungal species in a symbiotic relationship with algae and/or cyanobacteria. Although lichens are classified and named based on the fungal component, they are here presented separately from fungi for convenience of access.

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Identification keys:

Identify an unknown specimen by observing its characteristics and answering some questions.

Learn how you can share your photos and knowledge through the Burke Herbarium Image Collection web site.

Washington Wildflowers App & Idaho Wildflowers App

The University of Washington Herbarium and its partners have released plant identification apps for the wildflowers of Washington (1,021 species) and Idaho (810 species), based in part on information contained in the Burke Herbarium Image Collection web site. The apps run on Apple, Android, and Amazon Kindle mobile devices (both phone and tablets).

» View a short YouTube video for the Washington or Idaho app.

» Visit High Country Apps for more information.

» Download the Washington Wildflowers App (Apple, Google Play, Amazon) or the Idaho Wildflowers App (Apple, Google Play, Amazon).

Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest

This printed field guide by Steve Trudell and Joe Ammirati covers more than 450 species of macrofungi found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, and British Columbia, with an emphasis on forested habitats of western Washington and Oregon. Many photographs and species descriptions from the book are reproduced on the Burke Herbarium Image Collection web site, with permission from the authors.

» Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest is available from Timber Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.