The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (MSBG) announces completion of a project funded by the National Science Foundation to curate a Spirit Collection of vascular plants housed at the Selby Gardens Stark Botanical Research Center. The MSBG Spirit Collection is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world (after the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). The collection is comprised of more than 26,000 vials of flowers or entire small plants of Orchidaceae (24,000) and Bromeliaceae (300), and includes a recently acquired collection of ca. 2000 Gesneriaceae.
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