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Reference List for Missouri Wildflower Identification

Site Description
Missouri Native Plant Society"The purpose of the Missouri Native Plant Society is to promote the enjoyment, preservation, conservation, restoration, and study of the flora native to Missouri; to educate the public about the values of the beauty, diversity, and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation; and to publish related information."
Missouri flora web page"Photographs and descriptions of the flowering and non-flowering plants of Missouri, USA." Organized by flower color and leaf structure (opposite/alternate.) Excellent plant detail pages. Published by Dan Tenaglia, who is now deceased, this is a great site for wildflower identification.

Update 03/27/2013: I'm happy to report that Missouriplants.com is back online.
Missouri Wildflower Guide by Marilyn Gerrard-Hartman A really excellent site with thumbnails, photos, and descriptions for nearly 125 species of wildflowers found in Missouri. Well-organized, you can list thumbnails by blossom color, or can get the entire list ordered by common name.
Flora by MaxPDF files containing information and photos about 147 different plant families, covering about 1,187 species and varieties. Generally there is a single PDF file for each family, although some of the families are so large Max has 2 or more PDF files to cover the family (Asteraceae has 10.)

Max Brown has built an impressive botanical collection. He is an amateur botanist (a retired geologist) and so the information is presented using some pretty technical language, but if you know the family you're interested in, Max's site is worth the time for the visit.
Southeastern FloraSome very nice esthetically-pleasing identification photographs of a large number of wildflowers. Search criteria includes flower color, plant form (tree/shrub/herb/vine), leaf type, leaf arrangement, and species/common/family name. Note: If you don't know the entire name, use "%" at the end as a wild-card in the search. From the site: "...Currently there are over 1020 species listed on this site and over 14,400 pictures to help you identify what you're looking for..." This is an increase of 90 species in the 2 months between 8/15/09 and 10/15/09.
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! 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.
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.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--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.
Number of References 10

USWildflowers.com Database

Family Index for 340 Wildflowers of Missouri

Thumbnails of 340 Wildflowers of Missouri


White Wildflowers of Missouri (141)


Yellow Wildflowers of Missouri (95)


Red Wildflowers of Missouri (112)


Blue Wildflowers of Missouri (52)


Green Wildflowers of Missouri (26)


Other Wildflowers of Missouri (6)



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Updated 01/18/2014