The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) boasts a fantastic collection of natural history and botanical artifacts. BHL has digitized over 100,000 titles from over 170,000 volumes of taxonomic literature.
“Much of the published literature on biological diversity is available in only a few select libraries in the developed world. These collections are of exceptional value because the domain of systematic biology depends, more than any other science, upon historic literature. Yet, this wealth of knowledge is available only to those few who can gain direct access to significant library collections. Literature about the biota existing in developing countries is often not available within their own borders. Biologists have long considered that access to the published literature is one of the chief impediments to the efficiency of research in the field. Free global access to digital literature repatriates information about the earth’s species to all parts of the world.” – Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Below we explore several species from Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé’s book Flora of Germany Austria and Switzerland (1885).
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