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Plant ID and Information Sources

Plant ID

Item Source Link
General Plant ID
Field Identification of the 50 Most Common Plant Families in Temperate Regions Rutgers University http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/plants/plantsystematics/Identifying_50_major_plant_families.pdf
Conservation Plants Pocket ID Guide: Herbaceous Species USDA-NRCS Elsberry Plant Materials Center http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/plantid/ConservationPlants.html
Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses K-State Libraries www.kswildflower.org/
Missouriplants.com Dan Tenaglia www.missouriplants.com/index.html
National Plants Data Center Plant ID Keys National Plants Data Center www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/plantsanimals/?cid=stelprdb1044954
Plant Specimen Scans Univ. of Minnesota Herbarium www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/herbarium/
Tools for Plant Identification Utah Agricultural Experiment Station http://utc.usu.edu/keys/
Weed Information and Identification Tools Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison http://weedid.wisc.edu/
Wildflower Identification Interactive Key Eric Haines www.realtimerendering.com/flowers/flowers.html
World Wide Flowering Plant Family Identification Prof. Ray Phillips, Colby College http://www.colby.edu/info.tech/BI211/PlantFamilyID.html
Grass ID
Grasses of Iowa Iowa State University www.eeob.iastate.edu/research/iowagrasses/index.html
Kansas Grasses Digital Key Kansas State University http://spuds.agron.ksu.edu/
Tools for Plant Identification Utah Agricultural Experiment Station http://utc.usu.edu/keys/
Sedge and Rush Keys
Cyber Sedge Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group http://botany.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/carex/carexout.htm
Herbarium University of Michigan http://www.michiganflora.net/family.aspx?id=Cyperaceae
Interactive ID Keys for Sedges and Rushes Louisiana State University Herbarium www.herbarium.lsu.edu/keys/
Tools for Plant Identification Utah Agricultural Experiment Station http://utc.usu.edu/keys/
Tree and Shrub ID
Conservation Plant Identification: Trees and Shrubs Pocket ID Guide   www.plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/plantid/woodies/index.html
Dichotomous Keys Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/idit.htm
Index of Common Trees of Iowa ISU Extension www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/tree/index.html
Interactive Key to the Woody Plants of Minnesota University of Minnesota http://geo.cbs.umn.edu/treekey/navikey.html
UI Woody Plants Database Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign http://woodyplants.nres.uiuc.edu/
Wetland Plant ID
Aquatic and Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/vascplnt/index.htm#contents
Midwest Wetland Flora   www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/floramw/species.htm
Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of MN and WI U.S. Army Corps of Engineers www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/mnplant/index.htm

Miscellaneous Resources

Item Source Link
General Plant Information
Fire Effects Information System U.S. Forest Service www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/index.html
Flora of North America eFloras.org www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1
Grasses, Sedges, and Non-Flowering Plants of Illinois   www.illinoiswildflowers.info/grasses/grass_index.htm
Illinois Plants Information Network (ILPIN) U.S. Forest Service www.fs.fed.us/ne/delaware/ilpin/ilpin.html
Illinois Wildflowers Dr. John Hilty www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
Native Plant Database The University of Texas at Austin www.wildflower.org/plants/
NatureServe Explorer NatureServe www.natureserve.org/explorer/
Prairie Restoration, A Digital Aid Featuring Seeds, Seedlings, and Fruits Eastern Illinois University and the Illinois Natural History Survey http://castle.eiu.edu/prairie/index.htm
Rare Plants U.S. Forest Service www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/rareplants/index.shtml
Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Illinois   www.illinoiswildflowers.info/trees/tree_index.htm
USDA Plants Database USDA-NRCS http://plants.usda.gov/
WISFLORA Wisconsin State Herbarium www.botany.wisc.edu/wisflora/
Plant-related Glossaries
Dictionary of Botanical Epithets: Epithet Search   www.cgriffith.net/SearchBases
Interactive Key to Botanical Terms Louisiana State University Herbarium www.herbarium.lsu.edu/keys/gloss/glossary.html#Culm
Seed Information
Central Region Seedling ID Guide for Native Prairie Plants   http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/plantid/CentralSeedlingID.html
Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide   http://www.iowadnr.gov/wildlife/pdfs/prairieseedingguide_052007.pdf
Seed Information Database Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew http://data.kew.org/sid/sidsearch.html
Vegetation Evaluation and Monitoring
A Technical Manual for Vegetation Monitoring Resource Management and Conservation, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment; Tasmania www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/Attachments/LBUN-5MJ2NY/$FILE/Manual_screen.pdf
Iowa Plant Coefficients of Conservatism Iowa State University Herbarium www.public.iastate.edu/~herbarium/coeffici.html
Using Algae to Assess Environmental Conditions of Wetlands U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/waterscience/criteria/nutrient/guidance/wetlands/modules/11Algae.pdf
Using Vegetation to Assess Environmental Conditions of Wetlands U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/waterscience/criteria/nutrient/guidance/wetlands/modules/10Vegetation.pdf
Vegetation-based Indicators of Wetland Nutrient Enrichment U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/waterscience/criteria/nutrient/guidance/wetlands/modules/16Indicators.pdf

Additional Resources

Plant Evaluation and Monitoring
Plant Species Lists
Plant-related Glossaries
Plant ID - Sedge and Rush Keys
Miscellaneous

Contact:
Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, Biologist
Phone: 515-284-4370