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Curious Botanists along the Front Range Message Board › Plant related resources online

Plant related resources online

Karin M.
Group Organizer
Littleton, CO
Post #: 8
Hi all,
I wanted to start a list of plant related websites people use. I have a few to share, but I would love to see what other people use as well. So please add to the list!

Illustrated Plant Glossary - Holly shared this one. it has great pictures of all that pesky terminology we need to know in order to use plant keys!

USDA plant website - this one is a really comprehensive list of plants that many botanists use as the naming standard. I often times defer to their plant codes (usually the first two letters of the genus, and then the first two letters of the species, and a number). they also have maps, and great photos.

Info on Plant Families - at our last meet-up we talked about how some keys are easier to use once you know what family a plant belongs to. After you play with plants for a while, you get a hang of what characteristics plant families share. Once you can place a plant into a specific plant family, it really narrows down your choices. There are some great plant family books, but I wanted to look up some online sources. Here are some that I have been looking through that have great pictures and descriptions. Don't get bogged down with all the details, even looking at the pictures is helpful. Some of these include common that fit in these families, and that has really helped me in the past. I'm sure there are many many more, but here is what I have found so far:
I like this one. it has good illustrations and is simple to use:

I found this florida website. I didn't have that much luck with the key, but the links they have to the families are great (most are Wikipedia links):

This one is good too:

this one is fun because it focuses on garden plants­ilies.pdf

Southwest Flowers - this is great website that I seem to use a lot for their plant pictures. its organized in a way I can easily use.

what are your favorite online plant resources???
user 11330287
Arvada, CO
Post #: 3
Definitely handy to have it all in one spot. Thanks!
user 8348455
Golden, CO
Post #: 1
Cool, thanks for these.
Karin M.
Group Organizer
Littleton, CO
Post #: 9
Another plant family website­

and a site with great info on gardening plants­
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