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Viikinkaari 1 (P.O. Box 65)
00014 University of Helsinki


Welcome to the Pinkka website

Drosera, photo: Jouko Rikkinen

Pinkka is a E-learning environment for students of biodiversity. ‘Pinkka’, meaning ‘stack’ in Finnish, refers to the stacked herbarium sheets of dried plant specimens found in a traditional herbarium, familiar to any aspiring botanist from basic taxonomy courses.

The Pinkka database consists of a large selection of pictures and text. The database is flexible and can meet the needs of different user groups, with sections for different subject areas or study modules – a virtual herbarium!

The Finnish Pinkka provides material for several different audiences. The majority of stacks help university students and researchers, with additional material suitable for schools and nature nature lovers, and finally stacks intended for continuing education courses.All English content is currently linked to this main page. Most species descriptions are currently only in Finnish and Swedish, but we hope to expand into English soon!


East-African plants and animals in Pinkka

Dik-Dik (Madoqua kirkii)

The opening ceremony of the Taita Research Station of University of Helsinki was held in Kenya in January 2011.

This Kirk’s Dik-Dik (Madoqua kirkii) was photographed in Tsavo National Park near the station.

The Pinkka database currently has information and 30 000 pictures from over 2000 species or taxonomic groups (mainly plants and fungi).