Welcome to the EcoFloras of North America!
What is an EcoFlora?
EcoFloras are a new kind of flora that leverage the power of new technologies and community science to document and conserve native biodiversity. Pioneered by the New York Botanical Garden in 2017, EcoFloras are now being implemented by the Desert Botanical Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visit the "Project Information" pages to learn more about their programs and information!
The projects combine existing knowledge from herbaria and libraries with real-time observations of plants and their ecological partners.
Participants are encouraged to explore their communities and record observations using iNaturalist or Budburst. Exploration of urban biodiversity supports increased environmental literacy and fosters public appreciation of the natural world, while engaging urban residents in local conservation advocacy
This site can be used to:
- create dynamic species checklists for a defined area
- search and browse herbarium specimens and real-time observations of plant taxa
Monthly EcoQuest Challenges
PUMPED FOR PURPLE FLOWERS / SEARCH OUT SWALLOWWORTS
How many native purple wildflowers (spiderwort [Tradescantia ohiensis], eastern purple coneflower [Echinacea purpurea]) and invasive swallowworts (Vincetoxicum sp.) can you find?
Upload your observations to Budburst
There are 4 species of Heuchera recorded from the Denver metro area, which commonly grow on rock faces. How many can you find?
Upload your observations to iNaturalist