Northern Ontario Plant Database
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Choose one of the links above for a list of plant-related websites about that category. Selected websites include only non-commercial, free-access sites that do not require passwords. The links provided have all been checked as of April 18, 2008, but visitors should note that most large websites have a regular downtime for editing and uploading more information. Often, this downtime occurs on the weekends, especially Sunday night (students take note!). If you find a link that doesn't work, try that site again at a different time or on a different day; if it still does not work, please report the problematic link to the NOPD.Ethnobotany
Botanical.com - A Modern Herbal by Mrs. Maud Grieve
An on-line version of this classic herbal reference, originally published in 1931, but still available for purchase. Link to the Common Name Index or choose a different index from the same page.
Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
A searchable database from Jim Duke that provides a list of known ethnobotanical uses and chemicals for plants included in the database. An interesting feature in the Chemical Search is the inclusion of a list of plants also known to contain that chemical.
Economically Important Plants Families
The best all-around website on economically important plants, by Wayne P. Armstrong, Palomar College, CA. Contains well-illustrated, easy to understand descriptions that spur student interest; a great site for teachers and students. Part of the larger Wayne's Word website.
A collection of interesting short papers from Southern Illinois University on topics of ethnobotanical interest; ranging from Salicin and Hyericin (current issue) to Peyote and Native American Culture (in the Winter 2000 archives).
Ethnobotanical Use Search
This searchable database, from the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, will provide you with links to plants included in their website, selected according to over 40 specific uses, such as dyes, cereals, or chewing gum. Click on the Ethnobotanical Use link on each species description.
Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages
A great website in English and German, by Gernot Katzer, with information and excellent photos on every spice you can imagine. Common names are provided in many languages. A must-know site for ethnobotany students.
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) - Taxonomy for Plants
A searchable database of primarily economic plant names, which includes world ranges, common names in several languages, and information on economic importance. An excellent resource on cultivated plants.
Henriette's Herbal Homepage
A comprehensive European website from Henriette with information on plant uses, as well as an image gallery (Henrietta's Plant Photos) of over 7000 photographs.
Herb Research Foundation
A non-profit organization from Boulder, Colorado, that promotes the sharing of knowledge of herbal plant remedies. See this list of news articles about various herbs.
Native American Ethnobotany
A very complete database of Plants used as drugs, food, dyes, fibers, and more, by Native Peoples of North America. Based on the indispensable reference book of the same name by Dan Moerman, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
A well-constructed website on the edible plants of France, with information on the uses and toxicity of each species in addition to several images of each species.