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New Plant Finder Program Maps Every Species In The Arboretum

The weather’s getting warmer, so now is the perfect time to take a walk through the Arboretum to see the blooming plants that have been gone for what seemed like a never-ending winter.

If you’re a plant connoisseur or someone who just wants to add some education to their stroll, you can look forward to using a new program created by Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Arboretum.

Plant Finder, an interactive online map, allows you to identify and find the location of more than 100 families, 330 genera, and 1,100 species of plants in the Arboretum. This isn’t the first project the IEE and Arboretum have worked on together. Some of the duo’s other interactive maps can be found on the Arboretum’s website.

You can search for one of the 28,000 individual plants recorded in the database by location, family, genus, taxon name, common name, or life form. The program will continue to be updated as the garden expands and more images, search functions, and descriptions are added.

The map can be accessed from a computer or mobile device, although you probably won’t want to carry around your laptop while taking a stroll through the garden. You can even use location services to identify nearby plants or zoom in on a specific area.

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