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Botanical and Plant Biology Research Guide: MSU and Michigan Resources

This is a general guide to finding information on plants, including floras, taxonomy, identification keys, habitat and growing needs.

MSU and Michigan Resources

Michgan Botanist - see the tab devoted to this resource.

Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium - fully indexed in WorldCat.
QK77 .M3

Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Plant Collections Annual reports, 1926-1971, (bulk 1961-1971)
The annual reports of the Beal Botanic Garden and Campus Plant Collections contain general information such as plans to expand the Beal Botanic Garden in the late 1920s, Dutch Elm Disease, new plantings, and the seed exchange and labelling programs. The 1968 report contains a map and brochure of the Botanic Gardens. The 1971 report contains a rare plant list.

Key to the Grasses of Michigan
From the USDA National Plant Data Center. Compiled from several sources by Dr. David Bogler, Missouri Botanical Garden in collaboration with the USDA NRCS NPDC

Voss, Edeard G. and Garrerr E. Crow. Across Michigan by covered wagon: A botanical expedition in 1888. Michigan Botanist, 15 (1976):3-70.

Online Atlas of Michigan Plants / A.A. Reznicek., E.G. Voss, & R. A. Simpson. Edition 1. April 2004. University of Michigan.
The Online Atlas of Michigan Plants is dedicated to distributing information about the flora of Michigan to the public via the Internet. Currently it consists of online county-level maps and distribution data. The online interactive mapping system allows users to view county-level distribution maps of the approximately 2800 species of native and naturalized ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms of Michigan. The online distributional data system allows retrieval of lists of counties for species specified by the user.

Gazetteer of Obscure Michigan Place Names: Gazetteer Of Some Possibly Puzzling Collecting Localities For Michigan Plants
Adapted by Christiane Anderson from Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium 24: 189–225. 2005.  Listed alphabetically with county assignments are over 500 Michigan localities from which herbarium specimens have been seen but for which the labels lack county designations. Sites included usually (1) are not readily located in standard indexes to Michigan place names, (2) can be confused with other localities bearing the same names, and/or (3) have undergone a change in name. Documentation often cites published references, specific collectors, or dates.

Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum
Dedicated on July 10, 1984 as a "Learning Experience in the Making", the Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum is designed as an instructional arboretum for students interested in landscape development. The site has its beginnings as the old campus nursery and as a result many remaining specimen trees lend a mature appearance to much of the arboretum. The arboretum continues to grow, providing learning opportunities for students, industry professionals, gardeners, and community members.

Herbarium at MSU
The Herbarium was founded in 1863 with a donation of the private collection of Dennis Cooley, MD, to Michigan Agricultural College. The herbarium is a repository of preserved and labeled plant specimens, arranged to allow easy access and archival storage. The specimens are typically in the form of herbarium sheets: pressed and dried plants that have been glued or sewn to a sheet of heavy paper together with a data label. Herbarium specimens are very useful tools for botanists, particularly taxonomists, who seek to describe plant species, their form, and their habitats.

Plant Communities of the Midwest
2001. A comprehensive listing and description of all natural plant communities (588 associations) in the Midwest, using the concepts of the U.S. National Vegetation Classification system. Executive Summary. The 61-page Main Report, the 705-page Appendix, and state-specific subsets for the 12 states covered, are each available as PDF files (11.1M).
Main Report -
Michigan subset - 213 pages (2.82 MB)!
Home page of report and other sets:

Liberty Hyde Bailey papers, 1855-1958
The Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr., papers comprise 1.2 cubic feet and consist of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, writings by Bailey, photographs, and an 1888 record of ornamental plants at Michigan Agricultral College.
Note - Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) was born in South Haven, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan Agricultural College in 1882. He studied botany at Harvard University, and returned to M.A.C. in 1885 to chair the new Horticulture Department. In 1901, he edited COUNTRY LIFE IN AMERICA, an early broad-page magazine, and became known as the "father" of rural sociology and agricultural journalism. He chaired the presidential Commission on Country Life, which was in part responsible for the passage of the Smith Lever Act in 1914, establishing the Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H Youth Programs. Bailey authored numerous books and papers, primarily on agriculture. A Michigan State University dormitory in the Brody Complex was named in his honor.

Botanical Club records, 1897-1903
Summary - The records of the Botanical Club consist of one bound volume containing the group's constitution and the minutes from 1897 to 1903. Note - The Botanical Club at Michigan State University was established to give students a forum to share their interest in botany. Meetings consisted of a lecture, followed by a discussion or demonstration.

Flora of Ann Arbor and Vicinity, Appendix G.  Almendinger, E. C. IN: Ann Arbor Scientific Association. 1876. The constitution and by-laws of the Ann Arbor Scientific Association with the proceedings for the year ending May 1, 1876. Ann Arbor: Courier Steam Printing House. pp. 85-116.
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