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Reference List for Arkansas Wildflower Identification
|Arkansas Native Plant Society||We 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.
|2bnTheWild.com ||Daniel Reed's excellent 2bnthewild Site has photographs, identification information, and other interesting information about wildflowers (and other wildlife subjects) from the Southeastern United States. Since "Southeastern United States" isn't defined I've chosen my own list of states from the perspective that Daniel appears to be located near Memphis.
|Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin||Premier 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 Database||Great resource! 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.
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 America||Over 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:
||Describes 600 wildflowers of Arkansas, with color photographs of 484 of them. Organized by family, which may make identification more difficult for the beginner than those organized by color and blossom shape. This book received very high reviews by purchasers, both for the quality of the photographs and for the plant descriptions. In my opinion, this would be an excellent companion to a field guide such as Audubon's.
|Item at Amazon: Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
||A product of the Tennessee Native Plant Society, this excellent and comprehensive field guide covers over 1250 species using 800 photographs and valuable descriptive text. While the focus is Tennessee, it's area of coverage includes the entire states of Kentucky and West Virginia, as well as large parts of 13 other states. In addition to the description of the plants it has an interesting look at botany from a historical perspective of the region. While the main part of the book is organized by plant family, there is a color-keyed section of thumbnails that allows a quick scan for identification, and there are illustrated keys for 12 of the families.
This is my favorite wildflower identification book that I have, and I consider it a "must have" for wildflower enthusiasts in the region.
|Wildflower Information.org||From 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--E: Eastern Region - Revised Edition||"...gives full descriptions of more than 650 species found east of the Rocky Mountains, along with notes on several hundred more. The eminently sensible organization relies on first-impression visible characteristics..."
I use this guide frequently, and unless I have a good idea what family a flower is in, this is usually still my first stop. In my opinion, a must-have for beginning wildflower enthusiasts; augments more locale-specific wildflower references.
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