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NPSOT to view the 'Virtual Herbarium'


Native Plant Society of Texas, Kerrville Chapter, will learn about the "Virtual Herbarium," a computer based plant identification tool 10 years in the making, Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 pm at the Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos in Kerrville.
Raul Pena and Barbara Lowenthal will demonstrate the herbarium. Barbara has been a member of the Native Plant Society in Kerrville for over 20 years. She has been active at the Riverside Nature Center for many years and is currently working with a team of volunteers to renovate and restore the meadow. In 2004 she joined with a group of local photographers to form the Hill Country Virtual Herbarium group. Her focus has been plant data collecting.
Pena and his wife Sandy bought property in the Texas Hill Country 18 years ago. Within the first two years they identified over 200 wildflowers on their land. Pena was motivated to develop a search engine that anyone could easily use to identify wildflowers.
In the meantime, Lowenthal was compiling taxonomic descriptions of plants for the Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville. Together they researched, designed and produced the program which will be available mid-2015 on the RNC and Kerrville NPSOT websites.
More information is available on the Kerrville NPSOT web site
Visitors are welcome to the program.