Where to find plant descriptions?

Hello, I wanted to know where to find resources to help plant ID, sometimes I find certain articles dedicated to a cerain family or geographic location, but is there any broader database or book, etc wich could help?

3 Likes

North America? http://floranorthamerica.org/ and https://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/

4 Likes

I am from Mexico.

2 Likes

Unfortunately, there is no Flora that spans all of Mexico. These are the resources available online that I know of:

Flora del Bajio: includes plants of Guanajuato, Querétaro, Michoacán, and Mexico.
http://inecolbajio.inecol.mx/floradelbajio/index.php/fasciculos/publicados

Flora de Guerrero
http://biologia.fciencias.unam.mx/plantasvasculares/publicaciones.html

Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán
http://www.ibiologia.unam.mx/barra/publicaciones/floras tehuacan/florastehucan.htm

Flora fanerogámica del Valle de México
https://www.biodiversidad.gob.mx/publicaciones/librosDig/pdf/Flora_del_Valle_de_Mx1.pdf

Flora de Veracruz
http://www1.inecol.edu.mx/publicaciones/LISTADO_FLOVER.htm

The majority of the woody plants are covered in Standley’s Trees and Shrubs of Mexico: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/53162#page/7/mode/1up

Flora Mesoamericana contains many of the plants found in southern Mexico:
http://legacy.tropicos.org/RankBrowser.aspx?letter=1&ranklevel=family&projectid=3&langid=66

Many of the plants found near the United States are in Flora of North America.
http://beta.floranorthamerica.org/Main_Page

7 Likes

@Aztekium @oscargsol

1 Like

This won’t necessarily help with identifications, but it’s a very useful resource to have at your hands, and it’s open access. It only covers native vascular plants though.

Similarly, the following is another good resource, again, good checklist but not much help for specific identifications thought.

If those sorts of things are of use or interest there are a lot of research papers focusing on specific regions and habitat types in Mexico.

There’s also the Botanical Sciences journal, formerly Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México, which has most (if not all) of their past journals online with the articles available to read as pdfs.

2 Likes

images on google are helpful for comparisons, and u can use inaturalist for descriptions as well. u can also compare a observation to a research grade observations.

1 Like

That for now is just a dream. As you say, there are treatments by groups or species but a “Flora of Mexico” is something we can only aspire to.
To the excellent references that @danielcahen gives you, I would add two more at the family level, for two of those with the greatest diversity in Mexico:
Malvaceae from Mexico by Fryxell (although it does not include the species that were integrated into that family after its publication: Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae and Tiliaceae)
https://doi.org/10.2307/25027717

And the very hard to find Comps of Mexico, by B.L. Turner, dedicated to my dear Asteraceae, with several of its volumes out of print and unlikely to be republished
https://www.phytologia.org/phytologia-memoirs-monographic-books-available.html

1 Like