GoBotany…an Online Guide to Plant ID

Just thought I’d share with you all a wonderful source for identifying plants and trees of this part of the northeastern US – https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/

I have found it incredibly useful for pin-pointing individual species, as many field guides often list only a few common varieties of a specific plant genus. Gobotany has a ‘Simple’ and ‘Full Key’, excellent for novices to help with identification, as well as a ‘Dichotomous Key’ for the more experienced and botany-buffs. And, of course, you can type in a plant’s full scientific name (or just the genus), family name, or the name of the plant itself in the search bar and find results. Gobotany even classifies known subspecies if you really want to get accurate.

Each individual plant archived has pictorial reference, maps showing range and distribution, and categories of botanical characteristics as well as known facts and uses. It should be noted, though, that this website is not fully intended to be used as guide for edible flora, though it does note those that are more commonly recognised, such as Solomon’s Seal and Stinging Nettle.

Keep in mind that one should not rely on only one source for information when it comes to plant ID, especially with foraging – cross-check with no less than 2 references.

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