MMNS Botanical Research
Botanical research at MMNS is focused on the distribution, status, and taxonomy of the native plants found in Mississippi, through baseline sampling and general survey work. The data gathered by this work is used to guide the Natural Heritage Program in its selection of plant species of concern. Research activities are conducted by the MMNS Staff, and collections made during these activities are deposited into the MMNS Herbarium.


Contact Heather Sullivan


Research Interests

  • Status and distribution of the Orchidaceae in Mississippi
  • Status and distribution of the Trilliums of Mississippi
  • Status and distribution of the Penstemons of Mississippi
  • Status and distribution of the Ferns and Fern Allies of Mississippi




Links of Interest
Regional Biological Collections:




Useful regional field guides

  • Wildflowers of Mississippi . 1989. S. Lee Timme. University Press of Mississippi .
  • Seaside Plants of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. 1987. Wilber H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan. Smithsonian Institutution Press.
  • Wildflowers of Tennessee. 2001. Jack B. Carman. Highland Rim Press.
  • Trees of the Southeastern United States. 1988. Wilber H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan.  The University of Georgia Press.
  • Louisiana Ferns and Fern Allies. 1980. John W. Thieret. Lafayette Natural History Museum Association.
  • Manual of the Southeastern Flora. 1933. John Kunkel Small. Science Press Printing Company. 
  • Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southeastern United States. Two volumes: Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons. 1979. Robert K. Godfrey and Jean W. Wooten. University of Georgia Press.