The Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed a Plants Database Custom Dictionary that may be added to spell check custom dictionary settings in Microsoft Office. To create this custom dictionary, the USDA Plants Database was queried for all genus, species, and common names of Iowa plants. Computers may vary, therefore the following directions for adding the custom dictionary may not work for all computers.
In the C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Proof folder, paste a copy of the Plants Database Custom Dictionary.dic file.
Open Microsoft Word
Click on the help button and enter "add a custom dictionary" in the search box to find instructions on how to add an existing custom dictionary to your version of Microsoft Office.
From there on, spell check should be accessing this dictionary when it spell checks. To add the custom dictionary to Microsoft Excel, open Excel and repeat step 3.
If a plant name is not recognized in spell check, it may be a different name than that assigned by the USDA Plants Database, or you're using an outdated synonym. When in doubt, use the Plants Database to search for the plant by the name in question. On the species profile page, the USDA Plants Database provides a list of common synonyms used for that species along with the current official name.