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Reference List for Texas Wildflower Identification

Site Description
Native Plant Society of Texas"The Native Plant Society of Texas wants to preserve our state's rich heritage for future generations. NPSOT is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation through 33 chapters located around the state."
Wild About Texas WildflowersAccording to the website, Lone Star Internet, Inc. developed the Wild About Texas Wildflowers site out of a love for the Texas outdoors, the responsibility of capable internet design firms to aid in providing content to the online community.

They currently have over 120 wildflowers categorized by color and listed by common name.

Site recommended by Divamover.
Wildflowers of Texas"This site is dedicated to providing information and photos of all varieties wildflowers and plants that grow in Texas. I hope you will find this website informative and enjoyable."

Alva Chance has published photos and information on over 100 Texas wildflowers, organized by blossom color. There are a number of very nice photographs useful for identification for each plant.
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
Wildflower SightingsWildflower Sightings is a beginning effort at a "Community" website where you can share your wildflower sighting, photographs, and information, and, of course, see what others have found. There is an opportunity for discussion and wildflower identification help from the community. This site looks like it has a lot of great potential as the community grows.

Right now (March, 2013) the sightings listed are limited to Texas (plus one sighting from NE Georgia) - the location of the originators of the website, presumably - so I'll list this in Texas wildflower identification resources.
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.
Wildflower Field Guide - DesertUSAOver 50 species of wildflowers found in USA deserts, organized by flower color. Common name, scientific name, and desert regions in which they are found - Mojave, Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Great Basin. These deserts touch 7 states in the western US.

This site also has good information about parks and destinations within these deserts, including, as an example, updates on wildflower status within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Check on the "Destinations" drop-down menu at the top of the pages.
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.
WildflowerSearch.comSteven K. Sullivan has done a tremendous job of putting together a database and search engine to help in identifying wild plants. Not only can you search by plant scientific and common names, you can narrow the results using location (currently lower 48 states and parts of Canada and Mexico), flower shape, color, size, habitat, and observation time. His database currently includes over 7,000 plants. Definitely worth checking out.
Item at Amazon: Wild Orchids of Texas
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From Amazon description: “This beautifully illustrated book presents all 54 wild orchids of Texas. The species descriptions that accompany Joe Liggio's lovely color photos discuss the plant's flowers, blooming season, pollinators, typical habitats, and range (also shown by map), including its distribution within and beyond Texas. The species are grouped by genus and also listed by color, county, and habitat for easy reference.”

As of this writing in October 2013, it has a five star rating by all 5 reviewers.
Item at Amazon: Lone Star Wildflowers: A Guide to Texas Flowering Plants (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest)
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This wildflower identification guide book by LaShara J. Nieland and Willa F. Finley contains nearly 500 color photographs of Texas wildflowers, grouped by color for easier identification.
Item at Amazon: Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region
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If you live in Texas and are interested in landscaping with native plants (If you are into landscape gardening, you should be interested in landscaping with native plants!) this highly regarded book might be just what you are looking for.
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
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"...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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Number of References for Texas: 16

USWildflowers.com Database

Family Index for 322 Wildflowers of Texas
Thumbnails of 322 Wildflowers of Texas
Datura wrightii
White Wildflowers of Texas (140)
Ludwigia decurrens
Yellow Wildflowers of Texas (97)
Scutellaria integrifolia
Red Wildflowers of Texas (110)
Viola pedata
Blue Wildflowers of Texas (46)
Sicyos angulatus
Green Wildflowers of Texas (26)
Listera australis
Other Color Wildflowers of Texas (7)

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