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Reference List for Alaska Wildflower Identification

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Alaska Native Plant SocietyWe need to be aware of the importance of native plants in the environment. This "top spot" in the reference list will be a native plant organization in each state.
Alaskan Wildflowers Photographs of Alaskan Wildflowers by Mary Hopson, grouped by blossom color for easier identification. My favorite Alaskan wildflower site that I've found so far.
Alaska Wildflowers.usPhotos of approximately 300 species taken within 40 miles of the town of Central, Alaska. Front page has a thumbnail photo of the flower (wait patiently for that page with 250 thumbnails to load.) Click on the thumbnail to get a page with several photos of the plant. In addition the front page, there are indexes by scientific classification.
Kris Light's Website of East Tennessee Wildflowers and Hiking TrailsThis site has as of this writing 715 different East Tennessee wildflowers in the various photo galleries, which can be searched by common name and scientific name. In addition, Kris Light has made wildflower photo/ID trips to Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, and has additional wildflower photos from those states
Reny's WildflowersReny Parker's wildflower galleries, with "over 1,820 images identified to 79 plant families." Includes family and species common and scientific names, photo location. Searchable by color, shape, location, and name. Very nice photographs.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at AustinPremier native wildflower information site in the United States. "Native Plant Database - Search 7,024 native plant records by traits or names. Image Gallery - Browse through our collection of 23,770 native plant images. Ask Mr. Smarty Plants - Have a question? Mr. Smarty Plants has 3,584 answers. How To Articles - Don't know where to start, try one of our articles."
USDA Plants DatabaseGreat resource for native plants! Their own description: "The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories." Provides these important (to me) pieces of info: 1) Listing by state and county within a state where specific species have been identified. 2) Scientific name synonyms are listed. 3) Scientific names are matched to a widely-used common name. 4) Photographs of many species. 5) State by state list of all the species identified in that state. Official Citation: USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 22 June 2009). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Flicker Wildflower Field Guide, North AmericaOver 9,000 Flickr member photos tagged with wfgna. The WFGNA group has good tagging requirements for their excellent photos, so you'll find, in addtion to the photo, the state in which the photo was taken, and at least a common name and the scientific name as identified by the contributor. After you get to the linked page you should add search criteria, including the state name, the color of the plant, or scientific name, to reduce the number of photos. Several states have several hundred photos(California has over 1,500!) so you'll probably want to add color to the search criteria.
Item at Amazon: Alaska Trees & Wildflowers
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Alaska Trees & Wildflowers, An Introduction to Familiar Plants, by James Kavanagh and Raymond Leung, is a reference guide for beginners and experts alike. The Pocket Naturalist(tm) series is an introduction to common plants and animals and natural phenomena. Each pocket-sized, folding guide highlights up to 150 species and most feature a map identifying prominent sanctuaries and outstanding natural attractions. Each is laminated for durability. (3 1/2 X 8 1/4 folded, opens to 22 X 8 1/4, color illustrations, map)
Item at Amazon: The Nature of Alaska, 2nd: An Introduction to Familiar Plants, Animals & Outstanding Natural Attractions (Waterford Field Guides)
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An illustrated guide to the nature of Alaska, including wildflowers, by James Kavahagh and Raymond Leung, at Amazon.com. A more comprehensive reference by the same author and illustrator of Alaska Trees & Wildflowers, An Introduction to Familiar Plants.
Wildflower Information.orgFrom the site: "WildflowerInformation.org is a resource for wildflower enthusiasts and gardeners. With a growing interest in the environment and natural gardening, our objective is to offer comprehensive information that is easy to use, and accessible for those from the casually interested to the expert."

While this information doesn't appear to be on the website itself, WildflowerInformation.org seems to be owned by American Meadows, the "recommended wildflowers seed supplier" of WildflowerInformation.org.
Item at Amazon: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region
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Covering the region from Alaska to California and east to the Great Plains, this well-produced, compact guidebook contains more than 940 photos of over 650 species of wildflowers of western North America. The color images are grouped by flower color to suit the needs of inexperienced enthusiasts. I think anyone interested in wildflowers in the western United States should have a copy of this guide. Situated in the Eastern U.S., I use the Eastern Region guide extensively.

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Number of References for Alaska: 12

USWildflowers.com Database

Family Index for 71 Wildflowers of Alaska
Thumbnails of 71 Wildflowers of Alaska
Aruncus dioicus
White Wildflowers of Alaska (34)
Gaillardia pulchella
Yellow Wildflowers of Alaska (24)
Persicaria amphibia
Red Wildflowers of Alaska (20)
Campanula rotundifolia
Blue Wildflowers of Alaska (7)
Thalictrum occidentale
Green Wildflowers of Alaska (3)

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