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.Rare Plants
COSEWIC stands for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. A bilingual site by the Government of Canada that describes the process by which a plant or animal is determined to be a species at risk.
NHIC (Natural Heritage Information Centre)
The Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC) is the branch of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that tracks rare and endangered species (both plant and animal) within Ontario. The NHIC newsletters contain excellent accounts of botanical exploration conducted by the NHIC staff throughout the less-explored reaches of our province.
Ojibway's Species at Risk
A list of Provincially rare plant and animal species from the Windsor area, a few with links to images, from the Ojibway Nature Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
Ontario's Species at Risk
A website, from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), with a unique way to display information on rare species. Start by clicking on an ecoregion of the Ontario map, then select an organism category (plant, reptile, mammal, etc.) and a risk category (extinct, extirpated, endangered, threatened, or species of concern).
Species at Risk Public Registry
A website from Environment Canada that discusses questions and problems associated with Canada's endangered species. Information on individual species (plant and animal) as well as legislation governing species at risk can be accessed through this website. See also the French version .