Northern Ontario Plant Database
Vascular Plant Families -
Trees & Shrubs -
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.North America
Bryophyte Flora of North America (BFNA)
When complete, this comprehensive online resource will be included as Volumes 27-29 of the Flora of North America. Currently, only Volume 27 (including Sphagnum and acrocarpous mosses) has been published, but the remaining volumes are in preparation. Click on this link for an index to family treatment of Volume 27. On the BFNA website, however, these volumes are numbered 1- 3 and many family treatments that are in preparation are available at this Summary of the Treatments link, including illustrations. The format is similar to the Flora of North America volumes on vascular plants, but what make this bryophyte flora shine over any other flora I've seen are the exquisite illustrations by botanist Patricia M. Eckel. If you have an interest in botanical illustrations and even a rudimentary knowledge of bryophytes, you will be in awe browsing through this volume.
Flora of North America
The definitive work on North American vascular plants and bryophytes, published in 30 volumes. See this link to a list of families with published treatments; click on a family name to see the online descriptions and keys to the species. Illustrations of many species are included, as well as distribution maps of each species. The Northern Ontario Plant Database follows the nomenclature used by FNA. As new volumes are published, the nomenclature in our database will be revised accordingly. One advantage of the online version of this resource is that illustrations appear screen-size, rather than half-page size, as in the printed volumes.
Nearctica.com's Wildflowers of Eastern North America
An informative website, but be forewarned, you need to scroll down past the often annoying banner of sponsor advertisements on each page. Some pages include excellent original images, as well as the classic line drawings from Britton & Brown's 1913 publication, An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada (still available from Dover Publications), or botanical illustrations from other sources. See the Gallery of Wildflower Photographs.
Terrestrial Orchids of North America
A collection of exquisite digital images by Gordon Bowbrick.