Over 7,000 free botanical photos and drawings are available on Bruce Kirchoff’s Flickr feed. Most images are licensed, most licensed CC-BY 2.0 (a few are CC0 1.0 Universal (Public Domain Declaration). Images can be downloaded directly from Flickr for use in your classes. Some of the images are meant to be used as part of worksheets or lectures.

The images are arranged in albums on the Flickr website and these include:

  • Images of winter twigs of trees and shrubs the Southeastern United States.
  • Vouchered images of most Quercus spp. of the Southeastern United States. Voucher information is in the metadata.
  • Micrographs of plant organs with boxes and arrows that indicate parts to be identified (LINK). These micrographs are used in the Image Quiz software described here.
  • Photographs of other woody plants of the Southeastern United States.
  • Images of amino acids in stick, ball and stick, space filling, and wireframe forms (LINK). These images are used in the Amino software described here.
  • Life cycle drawings of plants, algae, and fungi (LINK)
  • Screenshots of Image Quiz help files, VL-HERPS, VL-APR help files.

Represented taxa (photos of flowers, twigs, leaves, buds, or other characters):

  • Altingiaceae (Liquidambar)
  • Apocynaceae (Asclepias, Vinca)
  • Araceae (Arisaema)
  • Araliaceae (Hydrocotyle)
  • Aristolochiaceae (Asarum)
  • Asparagaceae (Liriope, Polygonatum)
  • Berberidaceae (Nandina, Podophyllum)
  • Betulaceae (Betula, Carpinus)
  • Bignoniaceae (Bignonia, Campsis, Catalpa)
  • Brassicaceae (Cakile, Cardamine)
  • Calycanthaceae (Calycanthus)
  • Cannabaceae (Celtis)
  • Caprifoliaceae (Lonicera)
  • Convolvulaceae (Ipomoea)
  • Cornaceae (Cornus)
  • Cupressaceae (Cedrus, Sequoia, Sequoiadendon, Taxodium)
  • Cycadaceae (Cycas)
  • Diapensiaceae (Galax)
  • Ebenaceae (Diospyros)
  • Ericaceae (Kalmia, Oxydendrum, Rhododendron., Vaccinium)
  • Euphorbiaceae (Chamaesyce, Euphorbia)
  • Fabaceae (Cercis)
  • Fagacecae (Fagus, Quercus)
  • Hamamelidaceae (Hamamelis)
  • Juglandaceae (Carya, Juglans)
  • Lamiaceae (Lamium)
  • Lythraceae (Lagerstroemia)
  • Magnoliaceae (Liriodendron, Magnolia)
  • Malvaceae (Abelmoschus)
  • Moraceae (Maclura, Morus)
  • Oleaceae (Forsythia, Fraxinus, Sassafras)
  • Orchidaceae (Cypripedium)
  • Osmundaceae (Osmundastrum)
  • Orobanchaceae (Conopholis)
  • Papaveraceae (Sanguinaria)
  • Paulowniaceae (Paulownia)
  • Phytolaccaceae (Phytolacca)
  • Pinaceae (Larix, Pinus)
  • Plantaginaceae (Digitalis)
  • Platanaceae (Platanus)
  • Poaceae (Uniola)
  • Ranunculaceae (Caltha, Xanthorhiza)
  • Rosaceae (Crataegus, Malus, Prunus)
  • Sapindaceae (Acer, Aesculus)
  • Saururaceae (Saururus)
  • Scrophulariaceae (Verbascum)
  • Typhaceae (Typha)
  • Ulmaceae (Ulmus)
  • Urticaceae (Urtica)

Life cycle images:


  • Phaeophyta
  • Rhodophyta (Polysiphonia)
  • Ulvophyceae (Cladophora, Ulva)


  • Ascomycota – mycelial, yeast
  • Basidiomycota – Teliomycetes (Puccinia)
  • Myxomycota


  • Anthophyta
  • Coniferophyta
  • Cycadophyta
  • Lycophyta (Selaginella)
  • Pteridophyta – homosporous fern
  • Psilophyta

The plant photographs conform to the image standards established in Baskauf, S. J. & Kirchoff, B. K. Digital plant images as specimens: Standards for photographing living plants. Vulpia 7, 16-30 (2008).