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A Collaborative Database of the Plants from Western South Dakota
and Eastern Wyoming
Including the Bear Lodge Mountains and Black Hills

The term collaborative is important to note in the title of the database.  This work combines specimen data for our region from 16 herbaria and could not have been done without the support and cooperation of numerous curators/collection managers (listed below).  Nor could this project have been completed without funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Over 65,000 specimens are included in the current database.  All South Dakota counties west of the Missouri River are included.  These are: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Gregory, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon, Stanley, Todd, Tripp, and Ziebach.  In Wyoming, Crook and Weston Counties are included.

All label data from vouchered specimens have been carefully entered.  Latitude, longitude and elevation have been added to localities in the database where possible.  At times it was not possible to obtain accurate longitude/latitude data for older specimens that lack sufficient location data.

Scientific names used in the database are taken from the USDA Plants website (http://plants.usda.gov/) or the Flora of North America (http://hua.huh.harvard.edu/FNA/).  The word “species” is frequently used in our database to refer to the specific epithet.  We know this is not correct, but is it commonly used and its meaning is clear to most people. 

We hope that botanists, ecologists, land managers and the public will use this database.

SEARCH THE DATABASE

NOTE: Species noted as sensitive by the USDA Forest Service or the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks or the Wyoming Natural Heritage Inventory are not available to the public on this database.  A list of the sensitive species can be obtained if you click here. Researchers who need access to locality data for these species can contact Grace Kostel, Herbarium Manager (Grace.Kostel@bhsu.edu).  Comments and suggestions are appreciated and can be directed to Grace Kostel or Mark Gabel (Mark.Gabel@bhsu.edu).


Collaborating Herbaria

(with herbarium acronym and web site of herbarium or department)

 

Herbarium

Acronym

Augustana College (herbarium now part of BHSC)
http://www.augie.edu/dept/biology/Web/index.html

AUG

Badlands National Park
http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm

BADL

Black Hills State University
http://herbarium.bhsu.edu/

BHSC

Dakota Wesleyan University http://www.dwu.edu/biology/

DWU

Devil’s Tower National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm

DETO

Jewel Cave National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/jeca/index.htm

JECA

Milwaukee Public Museum
http://www.mpm.edu/collections/dept/botany/

MIL

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

MORU

South Dakota State University
http://www3.sdstate.edu/Academics/CollegeofAgricultureandBiologicalSciences/BiologyandMicrobiology/
 

SDC

University of Kansas
http://www.nhm.ku.edu/herbarium/

KANU

University of South Dakota
http://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/biology/

SDU

University of Wyoming
http://www.rmh.uwyo.edu/

RM

USDA Forest Service, Custer, SD
http://www.fs.fed.us/bhnf/

FSCU

USDA Forest Service, Newcastle, WY
http://www.fs.fed.us/bhnf/

FSN

USDA Forest Service, Spearfish, SD
http://www.fs.fed.us/bhnf/

FSS

USFS Research Station, Rapid City, SD
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/forest-grassland-lab/

FSRC

Wind Cave National Park
http://www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm

WICA


Useful References for Vascular Plants from this Region
Dorn, R.D.  2001.  Vascular Plants of Wyoming (3rd).  Mountain West Publishing, Cheyenne, WY.

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico.  Oxford, New York.

Great Plains Flora Association.  1986.  Flora of the Great Plains.  University Press of Kansas, Lawrence.

Skinner, Q.D., A. A. Beetle and G. P. Hallsten.  1999.  Grasses of Wyoming (4th).  Research Journal 202, Agriculture Experiment Station, University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Van Bruggen, T.  1996.  The Vascular Plants of South Dakota.  University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

Acknowledgements

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is gratefully acknowledged for their generous financial support that allowed us to complete the database on the grasses of the region that was the foundation for the remainder of the work.

 We are eager to acknowledge the National Science Foundation for their support through grant number 0545102 for herbarium renovation and the bulk of the databasing project.

 We especially thank Ron Hartman at RM for permission to use their database system in an earlier version of this database.

 The curators/managers of the herbaria included in the database are thanked for their gracious hospitality upon our visits to their facilities or their willing cooperation on this project.  They are (in alphabetical order) Craig Beckner, Rachel Benton, Cissie Buckert, Beth Burkhart, Jack Butler, Megan Cherry, Tom Farrell, Craig Freeman, Ron Hartman, Gary Larson, Dan Licht, Neil Luebke, Tim Mullican, Ernie Nelson, Molly Nepokroeff, Bob Tatina, Cary Taylor, Dan Uresk, Bruce Weismann and Katherine Zacharkevics. 
 

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