NOTE: All medicinal plant images are in the JPEG format. Most
browser can view them directly, and there are a variety of shareware
and freeware viewers available for all platforms.
I have listed plants by genus, and chosen to use the most widely
published latin names, even though many (far too many) of them
are undergoing rather drastic changes in nomenclature.
The photographs and digital images are heavily weighted towards
western North America.
This is where I live, these are the plants I use, and about whom
my books are written. Elsewhere on this site are links to many
other medicinal plant images from OTHER parts of the world.
Preparations, parts used, and many aspects of therapy for some
of these plants will be found in the clinical manuals on this
site. This is all well and good for we collectors of information...as
long as none of us forget that this alone is at best intellectual
elucidation, at worst, sophistric bullshit. At the heart of using
botanical medicines is the plants themselves.
a blacksmith who never touches horses, a musician with only music
paper, a physician who sees no patients, a theoretical ballet
dancer, a pharmacist reduced to counting pills, an herbalist who
gathers no plants. The rest of this site is intellectual...this
part is the sensorium, given the peculiar limits we all share...computers,
modems and the Web.
Images by genus, with thumbnail JPEGs in each section:
We also have some photos taken on field
There is the old Crude Drug Buyer's Primary Rule:
Properly gathered and handled dry botanicals MUST resemble as
closely as possible the physical appearance of the LIVING plant.
The images here are meant to help lock that reality in our eyes.
PHOTO NOTES: All 35mm photographs or slides by
Mimi Kamp, Robyn Klein, Ginger Webb, Henriette Kress, Elaine Stevens,
Cristina Orci, John Egbert, Kristina Parks, Britta Blödorn,
Kim Hill, Donna Chesner, Hasso Wittboldt-Mueller, David Parke
and myself were digitalized using either one of several UMAX scanners
or Kodak's PhotoCD format. The balance of images by Donna Chesner
and myself were taken using either Apple's Quicktake 100 or 200
or a Canon Powershot A50 camera...with a few videocaptures thrown
These images are the property of the credited photographers, and
these images are made available on THIS site with their specific
permission. If you wish to use these images for other than personal
or teaching purposes, or need to use them for any commercial purposes,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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