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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service maintains quite an extensive database of plants, and this is a link to it's query system. It contains current information and usually a few pictures of each plant along with state distributions.

Hasn't been updated in a while, but Stein's virtual herbararium. Kenneth Stein has pictures of many of the same plants taken in SW Virginia and WV to help get a better view. Not a lot of information, but some pretty and instructive pictures.

Grandfather Mountain, NC is a habitat- and species-rich environment that also is a private park. They have some nice wildflower and historic exhibits at this site.

The Brooklyn Metropolitan Plant Encyclopedia is an interesting plant-guide that includes discussions of various aspects of plants. Makes you wanna go visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, too.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, has some wonderful stuff.

The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta is a place to locate websites of your favorite gardens that might need a local visit or support from you.

If you're up on your biological terms and want to investigate the different families of plants, the Cornell Universities Families of Flowering Plants, is a must-see. However, if you're unsure whether a plant is anomocytic, or anisocytic, or paracytic it might just be gobbledygook, especially if the whole idea of urticating hairs frightens you. They do have some very good drawings of various plants.

Hmm... weird. Built as a demonstration of dynamic web-page building from a database, The Wildflowers of NC Roadsides is a list of plants used in the wildflower program to beautify interstates, and includes many natural wildflowers. It has some information you won't get anywhere else (such as seed/rate). Anyway, a lot of pictures with some information.

Plantas Medicinais. A great site and would be greater if my Portugese language skills were any good. Luckily, i can get the main gist because of my 3 years of high-school Spanish. Still, the plant list is referenced by the standard latin names and this site has pictures and medicinal values along with toxicity and active ingredient information.


While the work that the North Carolina State University's Horticulture department has done is geared for landscaping and in fact is called Urban Tree Identification, it is worthwhile to use to get to know trees, starting with the ones in your back yard. Good pictures and information on habitat needs and general characteristics.


One of the coolest and most fun fungal website is Tom Volk's Fungi, which is helped along by the Department of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tom is verbose about the darling little things and even includes letters and questions about them, a fungus of the month area, and lots of information about his favorite, the incredible edible morel. He even has a special "Life cycle of the Morel" and various pieces of information that relates to eating various mushrooms. He has a gopher site that has pictures of every form imaginable... ok, well MANY forms. He also hosts the Mycological Society of America webpage.

George Barron's fungal website is good too. He, like myself, has little interest in consuming the sex-parts of fungi, but loves to photograph them. Some very good information and even better pictures.