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Living Collections Available For Study

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, houses an extensive living collection of plants which are available for study. The collection includes at least one species in each of 36% of genera in subfamily Epidendroideae, with particular strengths in Bulbophyllum (78 spp.), Pleurothallis (60 spp.), and Maxillaria (80 spp.) along with horticulturally important orchid genera. In addition there are collections of primarily terrestrial genera such as Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, and species of several genera in subfamily Spiranthoideae. The bromeliad collection comprises 1,350 species. Other families of living plants, both epiphytic and terrestrial, include Asclepiadaceae (Hoya and Dischidia, 30 spp.), Begoniaceae (70 spp.), Cactaceae (65 spp.), Marantaceae (106 spp.), and 130 species of pteridophytes.

Researchers also have access to more than 78,000 specimens (about 1,500 type specimens) in the Herbarium and a spirit collection of mostly orchid flowers. Herbarium specimens are available on loan to institutions on request to the Herbarium Manager, Bruce Holst. There is an extensive research library consisting of approximately 6,000 volumes and 265 journals specializing in epiphytes and tropical plant literature. The orchid spirit collection is made available on a case-by-case basis with enquiries to John Atwood. For information about the living collections, contact: Harry Luther, Curator of Living Collections, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236, USA.

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