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Reference List for Wisconsin Wildflower Identification
|The Botanical Club of Wisconsin||"The Botanical Club of Wisconsin, the state's only organization dedicated to the study of our native flora, was founded in 1968 by John Thomson as an affiliate of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The BCW serves the interests of amateur and professional botanists toward the common goal of learning more about our state's plant biodiversity."
|Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin||The Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin, in its own words, is "a collaborative effort between the herbaria of the UW-Madison (WIS) and the UW-Steven's Point (UWSP), along with most of the other herbaria located in the state of Wisconsin. It contains information on each of the more than 2600 vascular plant species that occurs in Wisconsin, including photos, distribution maps, specimen records, and more." You can search by common or scientific name (at least full genus, or even full family.) If you select "checklists" from the top menu, you can get lists with thumbnails that can be used to scan for a match.
An excellent resource recommended by Twila Logan.
|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.
|WildflowerSearch.com||Steven 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.
|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|
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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.
|Item at Amazon: Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region: A Comprehensive Field Guide|
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|"Describing more than 1,100 species, this is a comprehensive guide to wildflowers in Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ontario. A new introduction to this second edition discusses wildflowers in the context of their natural communities. Packed with detailed information, this field guide is compact enough to be handy for outdoors lovers of all kinds, from novice naturalists to professional botanists."|
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