Pitchandikulam Forest Virtual Herbarium

This website presents botanized and digitized plant specimens.
Leaves, flowers and other plant parts are briefly flattened and then scanned immediately, in order to conserve their natural colours and texture. The high resolution scan works as a powerful eye and allows one to identify the plant as through a magnifying glass, with all the details intact for the most precise botanical study. These vivid images allow the viewer to fully appreciate the intricate beauty of plants and to discover them more intimately.

Photographs of different plant parts are taken in their environment.

For each specimen of plant, we compiled information from various disciplines - botany, ecology, afforestation and ethnology. We selected reports and quotations from a range of reliable sources in addition to our own research.
A bibliographic review is also provided > Bibliography
Specialist botanical vocabulary is explained in the glossary we made to help you
> Visual glossary

For each plant, a menu displays informations about
  • Botany : nomenclature, description, phenology, reproduction & dispersal
  • Plant ecology, distribution, relevance for ecosystems
  • Ethno-botany : human uses (medicinal, veterinary, culinary, crafts etc.), beliefs and rituals
  • Afforestation
  • Conservation status
  • This herbarium will be regularly updated and supplemented with new species.
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    Pitchandikulam forest canopy
    Same species : a specimen collected in 1974, recently digitized by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and a fresh one from Pirchandikulam Forest Virtual Herbarium
    Pitchandikulam forest canopy
    Various scans and photos selected from Pitchandikulam Forest Virtual Herbarium
    About the authors
    Irène & Nico

    This work is being done by Irène and Nicolas Lagarrigue in the Pitchandikulam Forest where we live with our family. Husband and wife, we use our various complementary skills (in botany, ecology, graphic design, webdevelopment or photography…) to do the job, peacefully day by day.

    We started in July 2014 and it is a work in progress.

    We are happy to share with you what we learned. Plants are humanity's companions and through this website we praise their infinite diversity of beauty...

    > Enjoy your visit !