A botanical type is a specimen selected to serve as a permanent reference for a newly named species. These specimens are extremely important to the botanical community because they help researchers determine the correct application of a particular name. The herbarium of the Botany Department at The Field Museum holds approximately 33,700 vascular plant type specimens, of which about 27,000 were collected in the New World tropics.
The vTypes Project at The Field Museum was funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2004) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (2005-2006) to the Department of Environmental and Conservation Programs; and from National Science Foundation grant DBI 0447285 (2006-2007) to the Department of Botany. We are grateful for their support.