Online Plant References

Native Plants for Your Area
Use this tool to search for plants found in a particular Florida county, or that adapt to garden conditions there. Match the requirements of plants that interest you to conditions at your planting site and click "Get List". Choose a type of plant (tree, shrub, groundcover, etc.) to see a list of recommended species. Click on a plant's name to get more information about it.
Atlas of Florida Plants
The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants is a joint effort by the Institute for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Community Design & Research to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Florida, with over 4,200 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, is the third most floristically diverse state in the United States. The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants provides a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state. You can search for plants by scientific name, common name, or county. This site has excellent color photos of plants as well as good information about distribution range.
Florida's Federally Listed Plant Species
This list on the Florida Forest Service website has scientific name, common name, status (endangered or threatened), and tells whether or not a recovery plan has been developed. Most do, with the plans developed before the year 2000. Many plants also have a line drawing.
FY&N Florida-friendly Plant Database
Identifies "Florida-friendly" plants, including Florida native plants and exotics, that will thrive in your yard or landscape design with little or no supplemental irrigation or fertilization. The database contains nearly 380 trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, grasses and vines that are recommended by University of Florida/IFAS horticulture experts. The plants included in the database are available at nurseries throughout Florida.
Institute for Regional Conservation "Natives for Your Neighborhood"
This site, designed for South Florida residents, allows a user to enter his or her zip code and get a list of native species for that particular area. You can also look up particular plant species by common or scientific name. The site has good color photographs of plants, helpful cultivation information, and layout formats designed for either on-screen viewing or printing.
Florida's Native & Naturalized Orchids
Just about everything you could want to know about Florida's native orchids, with wonderful photos and a blog. Created by Prem Subrahmanyam, an avocational orchid expert and award-winning photographer.
North American Orchid Conservation Center
Searchable database of orchids. Search by location, name, or plant characteristics. Species profiles have general information, pollinators, habitat types. Excellent photos.
Created by Dr. Gil Nelson, an esteemed botanist at Florida State University, this is a database of plant images, flowering times, and plant information for Florida, the Florida Panhandle, southwest Georgia, and the greater southeastern United States. This is a good site to visit if you are interested in plant phenology.
USA Phenology Network
The USA National Phenology Network brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States. The network harnesses the power of people and the Internet to collect and share information, providing researchers with far more data than they could collect alone. You can participate by joining the organization's Nature's Notebook project and submitting data about your own landscape.

UF EDIS-IFAS Extension Publications on Native Plants
The University of Florida Electronic Data Information Source is a searchable database containing about 7,000 titles on agriculture and consumer topics. The link above goes to a summary page with articles about specific native annuals, bedding plants, ferns, groundcovers, palms, shrubs, trees, cacti, aquatic plants,and wildflowers.
Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies Searchable Database
The Florida Museum of Natural History's database lets you search for wildflower species by specifying any of: common name, plant family, genus, county, color, and/or habitat. Each wildflower has a color photo and a short paragraph describing its appearance and growing conditions. Search for butterfly species by common name, family name, genus, county, and/or color. Each butterfly is depicted in a color photo and has a paragraph describing it.

Also from the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Inc., an ID card with color photos that lists butterflies and their host plants and Florida wildflowers:
Side 1: Butterflies  —   Side 2: Wildflowers
Fairchild Tropical Garden Virtual Herbarium
A herbarium is a library of dried plant specimens. The Fairchild herbarium has more than 180,000 specimens from all over the world, including exceptional collections of Palms, Cycads, and Florida and West Indian plants. The collection is procted to grow to over 250,000 specimens over the next five years. Fairchild is currently documenting the entire collection with digital photography, scanning specimens, and entering the label data into a database. This database, the Virtual Herbarium, was launched on January 8, 1999.
Florida Natural Areas Inventory Online Field Guides
These field guides present detailed descriptions, photographs, drawings, maps, habitat information, and management guidelines for more than 200 rare plant species and 150 rare animal species. The project was funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Note: not all species tracked by the Inventory are included in the Field Guides. The Inventory tracks more than 1,000 rare plant and animal species.
Florida Natural Areas Inventory Natural Communities Guide
Short and detailed descriptions of Florida's natural communities. The communities are classified hierarchically into 81 categories based on a combination of vegetation, landscape position, and hydrology.
List of Pinellas County's Rare Species and Natural Communities
This list, compiled by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, enumerates rare plant and animal species and natural communities found in Pinellas County, along with their global and state rank, federal and state status.
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Lists
The FLEPPC invasive plant list is published every two years. Its purpose is to focus attention on the negative effects of exotic invasive species, to document the changes in seriousness of different pest plants over time, and to help land managers to set priorities. Professional botanists and others perform exhaustive studies to determine invasive exotic plants that should be placed on the lists. Plants are placed into one of three categories based on the severity and extent of their impact on natural plant communities. The list also tells in which region of the state (north, central, or south) each plant is problematic, as well as the plant's state and federal weed status.
IFAS Assessment of Exotics/Invasives
The IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas was developed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Invasive Plants Working Group so that Cooperative Extension faculty could provide consistent recommendations concerning the use of non-native plants. The Assessment and the Working Group were created in response to the growing awareness of the threat posed (especially to threatened and endangered species) by non-native invasive species. When plant species are assessed, data are collected from all available resources by designated IFAS staff. The IFAS Assessment system is typically applied to species in each of three climate zones in Florida: north, central, and south. It considers ecological impacts, potential for expanded distribution in Florida, management difficulty, and economic value.
Florida FWC Weed Alerts
Each of these printed fact sheets focuses on a non-native invasive plant species that poses a serious threat to Florida's ecosystems. They can be downloaded as PDF files (requires Acrobat Reader) and range in size from 170K to 600K or print copies can be ordered by contacting the FWC.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Database
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.


Published on  07.24.2018