Data Bases


Use Plant Information Online to discover sources in 999 North American nurseries for 105105 plants, find 366479 citations to 137936 plants in science and garden literature, link to selected websites for images and regional information about 12015 plants, and access information on 2381 North American seed and nursery firms. Plant Information Online is a free service of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

The Japanese Garden Database is intended as a repository of information on the historical gardens of Japan. It is a non-profit, educational web site that seeks to provide information on a selection of outstanding examples of garden art found in Jap..

Internet Directory for Botany Checklists, Floras, Taxonomic Database

University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Fact Sheets cover just about any area of life from agricultural economics, to growing plants and diagnosing plant diseases, to making jambalaya! This site accesses hundreds of references that you used to have to order from the government. Each is focused on a specific topic and many are authoritative. The PDF link takes you to even more documents on everything from 4-H to health and recipes, to "The Truth about Slime Molds, Spanish Moss, Lichens and Mistletoe."

Welcome to the Encyclopedia by Common Names

Index of plants by Botanical names

The Meanings of Latin names

National Agricultural Library Article Citation Database

Definitions of botanical terms are available at:

Kemper Garden Center for Home Gardening Alphabetical List of Plants in PlantFinder links to three plant encyclopedias. The HortiPlex database is searchable by common or botanical name, and includes images and links to sources. The Plants Database, compiled by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, lists invasive and noxious plants, as well as threatened and endangered species. The lists are searchable by state, and can be sorted by common or botanical name. The database includes cultivation information, a botanical dictionary, worldwide weather links, and zone temperatures.

PlantFacts has merged several digital collections developed at Ohio State University to become an international knowledge bank and multimedia learning center.

Dave's Plants Database This unique and comprehensive database is the accumulation of gardening knowledge and expertise from hundreds of gardeners living around the world. The database currently contains 54,599 plants and 12,641 photos.

Ohio State University has merged its PlantFacts database with other OSU horticultural resources to provide a free, integrated search tool for gardeners. In addition to more than 60,000 pages of fact sheets from U.S. and Canadian universities, this site now includes images, videos, a glossary of common horticultural terms, and FAQs:

CalFlora Database Contains geographic and ecological distribution information for California's vascular plants.

Native Orchids of Canada A database with photos, organized by genus. Compiled by the Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG).

Pennsylvania Flora Project A searchable database of Pennsylvania.

Tropical Plant Database Info and education on the important plants of the Amazon rainforest.

Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature A database of references relevant to the taxonomy of flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns.

Plant Fact Sheets from North Carolina State University cover more than 700 plants used horticulturally in the region. Species are listed by scientific name, common name, and growth habit.

Poisonous Plant Database The Poisonous Plant Database represents a vast survey of the literature. The heart of the site is a lengthy 32-page list of references, and a single long page (190 KB) of reportedly poisonous plant species. A plant's absence from the list does NOT mean it is safe though. Compiled by D. Jesse Wagstaff (1994-1996), the data are infrequently updated. Hosted by U.S. Food & Drug Administration, visitors are cautioned that the pages are unofficial.

HortPlex Plant DatabaseThe HortiPlex database boasts having 93,000 records; 74,000 links; 50,000 taxa; 42,000 cultivars; 11,000 images/image links making it one of the most complete sites of its kind. The site is query-driven,

Andersen Horticultural Library's plantinfo Great database of plant sources, and huge index of plant illustrations published in books and periodical articles. Plus a review of image databases (updated regularly).

BOTNET: North Carolina Botanical Information Network BOTNET has the goal of providing information for botanists on all public, professional and student levels, beginning with the Gymnosperms of the Southeastern United States -- a relatively small group of families, genera, and species, indexed by common name, scientific name and family.

International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated bibliography of primary sources for plant names. This is a free and authoritative resource established by collaborations within the botanical community.

NatureServe, a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities of the United States and Canada. NatureServe provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too.

Iowa State University Index of Available Articles - Outdoor Plants

CalFlora A comprehensive database on the flora of California.

UNEP-WCMC, in association with the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a network of experts, identified over 8000 tree species which are threatened with extinction at a global level. This survey, supported by the Government of the Netherlands as part of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Trees project, is the first of its kind to assess the conservation status of tree species worldwide.

Gymnosperm Database Home Page The bulk of the site, containing descriptions of nearly 1000 taxa.list of relevant online information.The best in Gymnosperm literature, old and new.

Multisite Living Collections Searches The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has provided a portal to databases of living plants at the Royal Horticultural Society (UK), World Conservation Monitoring Centre (Threatened Plants), The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum (UK), Holden Arboretum (USA), Arnold Arboretum (USA), Cornell Plantations (USA), Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens (USA), The New York Botanical Garden (USA) and The Desert Botanical Garden (USA).

Plants for a Future This 25 megabyte searchable database has extensive information on plants, particularly edible plants, for agriculture and home gardening.

Texas Native Tree Data Base

Directory of Botanists, plantsmen, designers, gardeners and writers of note.

University of Connecticut Plant Database This database of plants of the Northeast, features many maples, firs, spruce, and junipers with facts and images concerning Habitat, Habit and Form, Summer Foliage, Autumn Foliage, Flowers, Fruits, Bark, Culture, Landscape Uses, Liabilities, Identifying Features, Propagation, and on-campus Cultivars/Varieties. The outstanding feature of this site "Plant Material Walks," of which there are ten.

Japanese Garden Database is intended as a repository of information on the historical gardens of Japan. It is a non-profit, educational web site that seeks to provide information on a selection of outstanding examples of garden art found in Japan while juxtaposing a diversity of media related to them.

The Flora of Australia glossaries are from by the the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) and the Flora of New South Wales glossary is provided by the National Herbarium of New South Wales (Herbarium NSW).

Flora of Australia glossary - vascular plants
Flora of New South Wales glossary - vascular plants
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research a short Botanical glossary - including pteridophytes
Pteridophyte (and Gymnosperm) glossary - Flora of Australia
Fungi glossary - Flora of Australia
Bryological glosssary - Missouri Botanical Garden 
Glossary of Botanical Terms - The Garden Web

Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name DatabaseThis site is dedicated to matching botanical names (valid with past or present synonyms) with common names in many languages. The database, which has been under construction for the last several years will still be under construction for another decade or more. Site and database by Michel H. Porcher et al. 1995 - 2000, Landcare Systems Research Laboratory, Department of Crop Production,Institute of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

INVADERS Database System for early detection and tracking of invasive alien plants and weedy natives. The INVADERS Database is comprehensive database of exotic plant names, distribution records, and regulatory information for the northwestern United States. The INVADERS web site contains information from the INVADERS Database project and has the INVADERS software available for download

World Wide Flora Plant Family ID by Dr. Ray Phillips of Colby College. This very interesting key has you check off numerous habit, foliage, fruit, and flower characters. No matter how many or few characters you have available it will suggest family matches. One can experiment with this for hours!

DELTA Angiosperm Families

The Gardening Archive Is at the Lysator site and has an emphasis on plants suitable for temperate or cold temperate climate.

Genome Database for Forest Trees

University of Minnesota FloriFacts an information resource for greehnouse crops and outdoor herbaceous plant production.

Searchable Plant Database by University of Delaware, Dept of Agriculture

The Weekend Gardener - Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service with many gardening leaflets..

Databases at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Here you can find the 1) List of the Vascular Plant Families and Genera. 2) List of Authors of Plant Names.

National PLANTS Database Access The PLANTS Database provides a single source of standardized information about plants. PLANTS provides standardized plant names, symbols and other plant attribute information. Still under development. Not all database query features have been fully implemented.

Iowa State University Extension, Yard and Gardens

North Dakota Univ. List of Educational Materials

Purdue University Publications

Colorado State Cooperative Extension

University of Rhode Island, Sustainable Trees and Shrubs

Rutgers Coop. Ext. Home Grounds,

Utah Extension Yard & Garden Publications

Virginia Cooperative Extension Everthing from Annuals to Yard Waste Management

South Dakota Extension Horticulture Publications

Maryland Coop.Gardens Publications

Univ. of New Hampshire Agriculture Publications

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignThe following is a list of sites which will give useful horticultural information along with links to valuable outside resources.

Missouri Extension

Consumer Horticulture from Virginia Tech - all sorts of information for the home grower.

Ornamental Plants The Ornamental Plants plus data base contain information about trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, perennials, annuals, house plants, insects, diseases, cultural information and other topics. The data base is updated every other year with the next edition due in January of 1998. The data is of most value for users in the Great Lakes or in areas with a similar climate.

Flowerbase A database of over 7000 flowers and plants, searchable by Botanical, English, Spanish, Dutch, or French name.

Annual Flower Garden of Seppo Vesterinen, Finland Garden encyclopedia of annual flowers, bedding plants and tender perennials grown as half hardy annuals in the north. Species descriptions, varieties, history, sources, flower name dictionary.

American Indian Ethnobotany Database

Bishop Museum - Hawaiian Flowering Plant Checklist Database

The Botanical Society of the British Isles Database

Agricola National Agricultural Libary Has books, serials, audiovisuals, journal articles, book chapters, short reports, and reprints selected primarily from the resources described in Books etc.

The McLean Library of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s McLean Library has 15,000 books on gardening and plant care, botany, urban greening, and more, including:

A circulating collection of books and videos for PHS members.
The McLean Library’s entire book catalog is online. To find a title, click Search the Catalog.

Historic, rare gardening books and seed catalogs from the 16th-20th centuries
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