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Our Posters, CDs and Books have been created for UW–Botany classes, students, researchers and botanists of all ages. Educational materials are appropriate for middle school curricula through introductory college courses. Artwork and text was prepared by our staff and faculty with expert knowledge of the material. In addition to materials available for purchase, we also list sources of botanical information freely available from the Botany Department. All store proceeds help purchase supplies and equipment for UW–Botany projects and students.


This series showcases the beauty of botanical subjects as well as offering basic botanical information. Most posters are 24 x 36 inches and printed individually in the studio, using archival pigmented inks on premium heavy paper.

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Plant Propagation

This poster provides an overview of the methods of plant propagation, including illustrations of some of the most common techniques. Examples of species commonly propagated by each method are provided.


Planning a Greenhouse

Creating a controlled environment for plant growth and development involves many variables and considerations. This poster covers many of the elements that one should take into account and includes a labeled diagram of a basic greenhouse.


Introduction to Fungi

Winner of the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge in the Informational Graphics category, sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation!

This splash of fungi illustrates their variety and briefly notes their impact on our lives and our world. Fungi provide our favorite foods and beverages, attack animal and plant species with devastating toxins, and create the soils and nutrients for the film of life on Earth. We provide a basic scheme for classifying the main groups of fungi, and offer information that will intrigue the student and teach the basics of fungology without an overload of terminology.


Classification of Fruits

This poster simplifies the major fruit groups and terminology involved in botanical fruit classification. It provides an overview and beautiful samples of fruit types, and especially clarifies the relationship between simple, aggregate, and multiple fruits.

Specializations in Flowers poster

Specializations in Flowers

An introduction to flower terminology is necessary to begin identification of plants via their flowers. This poster illustrates basic flower parts and shows how they become specialized within several common plant families. Especially helpful are illustrations of grass, rush and sedge flowers.


Plant Modifications

This poster makes a nice companion to Specializations in Flowers. Here we illustrate both common and unusual structures, formed from leaves, stems and roots, which plants have devised to cope with their environments. Learn the many origins of tendrils, the difference between tubers, corms, bulbs and rhizomes, even find little loaves of "bread" that a tree makes for its guardian ants.


Pollination and Pollinators

Flowering plants are intimately tied to wind, water, and especially animals to make seeds and complete their life cycles. Showy flowers, big and small, owe their size, shape, perfume and color to the preferences of critters; insects especially may share any number of blooms from different plant species. This poster illustrates the kaleidoscopic diversity of both the flowers and their pollinators (the astute observer will note that bumblebees love blue).

carnivorous plants poster

Carnivorous Plants

Snap traps, vacuums, drowning vats, flypaper and pitfalls are some of the designs used by carnivorous plants to trap animal prey. This poster illustrates the many structures, and beauty, of the "meat-eaters" of the botanical world.

plant colors poster

Plant Colors

And we mean colors! The four main classes of plant pigments are described and illustrated with lovely examples. Short discussions explain how plants can exhibit multiple colors, how leaves turn color in autumn, and why colors are important indicators of nutritional content in fruits and veggies.

Life Cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana poster

Life Cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana

This is a comprehensive look at the life cycle of the "white rat" of Botany. After hunting in vain for a complete, well-illustrated schematic of this important laboratory species, our instructors directed us to make a "Big Picture" for introductory biology students. We illustrate gametogenesis, fertilization (including a clear picture of angiosperm double fertilization), embryogenesis, and plant growth. We even include some of the mutants used in UW-Botany research. Teachers using Arabidopsis or other fast-maturing plants to illustrate life cycles would find this poster a must for the classroom.

The Annotated Big Bucky poster

The Annotated Big Bucky

This "biographical" poster recounts the events of the historic titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) bloom, as well as depicting the plant's growth stages and anatomy.

Life Cycle of the Titan Arum poster

Life Cycle of the Titan Arum

What does it take to grow a corpse flower? Follow the life of an Amorphophallus titanum seedling as it cycles through vegetative and reproductive states.

The Tree of Life poster

The Tree of Life

The tree is based on an analysis of small subunit rRNA sequences obtained from about 3,000 species from throughout the Tree of Life. This is an oversize (44" x 51") poster. At this size, each of the representative species are legible with the aid of a magnifying glass.
This poster is offered in cooperation with its creators, David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell (University of Texas). The original file is also available for download on their website.



lichens of Wisconsin

Lichens of Wisconsin

by John W. Thomson

This soft-cover, spiral bound book is the first published compendium of lichen species for Wisconsin. It provides keys, brief descriptions, and distribution maps for 615 lichens species in the state, with an additional 47 species listed as recently discovered state records.
386 pages, with 618 distribution maps and 2 additional figures.

spring wildflowers

Spring Woodland Wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

by Andrew L. Hipp

Identify the rich variety of spring wildflowers at the Arboretum and throughout the region. Photos by Claudia S. Lipke, Design, layout and illustration by Kandis Elliot.

Available through the UW-Arboretum bookstore:

prairie plants

Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum

by Ted Cochrane, Kandis Elliot, Claudia S. Lipke

Richly illustrated and photographed; excellent aid in identifying prairie plants at the Arboretum and throughout the region.

Available through the UW-Arboretum bookstore:

atlas of prairie and savanna

Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora

Theodore S. Cochrane and Hugh H. Iltis
Department of Natural Resources Tech. Bull. 191

Due to unprecedented demand, printed copies of this publication are no longer available from the Department of Natural Resources. Therefore, we are making this information available via the Herbarium's website. You may download it for free as PDF files:

Other botanical information and image resources
available from the UW-Department of Botany:

Flora of Wisconsin
Taxonomic reference for Wisconsin's vascular plant species; includes photos, habitat information, distribution maps, herbarium specimen data and more.

Image Collections
General botany images, trees, fungi and other material. An excellent teaching resource.


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