Global Plants was made possible by the Global Plants Initiative (GPI), an international undertaking by leading herbaria.

The GPI seeks to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings used by botanists every day. Partners include more than 300 institutions in more than 70 countries. JSTOR facilitates this initiative by providing production, platform, technical, and promotional support to the participating Global Plants Initiative partners.

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The content and the tools on Global Plants are driven by leading experts around the world, including Sir Peter Crane, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Brian Huntley, South African National Biodiversity Institute; Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden; Gideon Smith, South African National Biodiversity Institute; and Sebsebe Demissew, The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University.

The work of the Global Plants Initiative is administered through the International Association of Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) and guided by the following steering committee members: Walter Berendsohn, Botanisches Museum Berlin, Germany; Laura Brown, JSTOR, USA; David Cantrill, National Herbarium of Victoria, Australia; Estrella Figueiredo, SANBI, South Africa; Laurent Gautier, Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland; Sandy Knapp, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom; Serena Lee, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore; Chuck Miller, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA; Geoffrey Mwachala, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya; Helga Ochoterena, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico; and Jeanine Velez, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.