of Florida Vascular Plants
Host: University of South
Florida, Institute for Systematic Botany
Scope: The Atlas of Florida
Vascular Plants is a joint effort by the Institute
for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida
and the Florida Center for Community Design + Research
to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database
of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Data includes
county by county distribution documented by herbarium
specimens and complete nomenclature for all Florida
Database (requires registration)
Host: CalFlora Database Project is
a collaborative project of the USDA Forest
Service, the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project,
the United States Geological Survey, the UC Davis
Information Center for the Environment, the Santa
Barbara Botanic Garden, and others.
Scope: CalFlora provides information
on California plant biodiversity for conservation,
research, and education. This database contains summary
geographic and ecological distribution information
for 8,363 California vascular plant taxa, as well
as additional habitat information for rare taxa and
species of the Sierra Nevada.
Database: California Invasive Plant Inventory
Host: California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)
Scope: This interactive database has been updated
(Mar 2013) and contains information on the plants
currently included in the Cal-IPC Invasive Plant
Inventory. The Inventory categorizes plants as
High, Moderate, or Limited, reflecting the level
of each species' negative ecological impact in
California. Includes options to search for species
by region and by habitat type. The database provides
a better view of information on each species and
allows users to download the entire Inventory as
for Invasive Plant Management (CIPM) Restoration
Host: Global Restoration Network
Scope: Searchable database of
books, articles, reports, technical bulletins,
and other resources related to vegetation restoration;
and reports of on-the-ground restoration projects. A
search yields a short description of the resource
and contact information, web links, and/or journal
references for obtaining the resource.
- Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System
Host: University of Georgia's Center
for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Scope: Early Detection and Distribution
Mapping System (EDDMapS), provides a more accurate
picture of the distribution of invasive species. EDDMapS
will allow land managers, agencies and others to set
priorities for early detection and rapid response
(EDRR), as well as formulate overall invasive plant
management action plans. Includes distribution data
by species and by county.
Database: Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
Host: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory - Missoula, Montana
Scope: This database contains literature reviews of botanical characteristics, life cycle, habitat, succession, distribution, impacts, fire ecology, and fire effects for 1000 plant and animal species, including 67 non-native invasive species. Future plans include updating many of these "species summaries" and adding 30-40 more summaries of non-native invasives over the next 1.5 years.
Information System (GIS) for Mapping Noxious & Invasive Weeds
Host: Minnesota Department of
Scope: From the mid-90’s
to 2005, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Weed Integrated Pest Management team piloted
a variety of strategies for collecting and distributing
geographic information regarding noxious and
invasive weeds in Minnesota – as well as
biological releases designed to control those
weeds. These innovative strategies produced a
wealth of data and lessons learned towards a
more efficient and cost-effective approach to
managing weeds in Minnesota.
Database: Global Compendium of Weeds
Host: U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR)
Scope: The Global Compendium of
Weeds is a list of plant species (over
28,000 names) that have been cited in specific
references (approximately 1,000)
as weeds. The online information is current based
on the data set Jan 24, 2007, and is more recent
than the book
version (printed in 2002) by Rod Randall, Department
of Agriculture of Western Australia (AgWest).
Updated edition available - A
Global Compendium of Weeds, 2nd Edition (2012; PDF
| 7.6 MB); this edition is just over 200 pages longer than the first (now 1,115 pages),
but there are over 12,000 additional names listed (33,000+), and more than 1,000
Plant Atlas of the MidSouth (IPAMS)
State University, Geosystems Research Institute
Scope: The Invasive Plant Atlas of
the MidSouth (IPAMS) will provide information on the
biology, distribution, and best management practices
for forty weedy plant species. This database will
be developed in collaboration with national USGS and
other agency databases and structures, and the Invasive
Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE), with mechanisms
and procedures in place to ensure data transmission
both upward (nationally) and downward to the local
level for rapid assessment and response.
Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)
Host: University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Scope: The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England's (IPANE) mission is to create a comprehensive web-accessible database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England that will be continually updated by a network of professionals and trained volunteers. The database will facilitate education and research that will lead to a greater understanding of invasive plant ecology and support informed conservation management. An important focus of the project is the early detection of, and rapid response to, new invasions.
Plant Atlas of the United States
of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem
Health (collaborative project with the Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant
Scope: Database of information about plants that
invade natural areas in the U.S. (including
Hawaii). It is intended as an informational and educational tool and
is compiled from a wide variety of sources including published and
unpublished lists, reports, surveys, and personal observations from
experts in the field. Sources include the National Park Service, other
federal, state and local agencies, Exotic Pest Plant Councils, Invasive
Species Councils and related organizations, The Nature Conservancy,
and others. See more information About
the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States (formerly known as
Database: Invasive Plant Species of the United States
Host: The New York Botanical Garden, International Plant Science Center, Virtual Herbarium
Scope: Catalog of specimens of invasive plant species
of the United States, from lists prepared by the United States Department
Database: Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank)
Host: NatureServe Explorer.
Scope: Includes assessments for a total 452 non-native plants of the U.S., searchable by name, location, invasive impact rank (I-Rank), or a combination of these criteria. The assessments are the result of applying a systematic protocol (2004; PDF | 1.03 MB) to determine the degree of impact an individual non-native species has on the native plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States.
Note: The invasive species ranks (I-Ranks) are on the Status tab. Use the link at the top of the Status tab that says "U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-RANK)" or just scroll down the page until you see the I-Rank select criteria. You can search for individual species by name, by location or search by the overall invasive impact rank.
Database: INVADERS Database
Host: University of Montana-Missoula and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Scope: The INVADERS Database is a comprehensive database of exotic plant names and weed distribution records for five states in the northwestern United States. Users can query the system by scientific or common name, or by geographic region. The site also includes a state/provincial noxious weeds query form, as well as a database of biocontrol measures. Researchers may also submit their own data to the database.
Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)
Scope: MISIN is a regional data aggregation
effort to develop and provide an early detection and
rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species
in the Midwest. The goal of this regional resource
is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in
the detection and identification of invasive species
in support of the successful management of invasive
species. We offer reporting through our website, mobile
reporting through our smartphone app, e-mail alerts,
mapsOnDemand, training modules, and fact sheets. Users
can also view distribution data by date, contributor,
species, county, or state.
Database: Native Gardening and Invasive Plants Guide
Host: eNature.com (National Wildlife Federation)
Scope: The plant guides are searchable by state and the native list can then be sub-divided according to plant type (for example, evergreen shrubs, wildflowers, vines or aquatic plants).
Resource Projects Inventory (NRPI)
Host: University of California-Davis,
Information Center for the Environment (ICE) and
the California Biodiversity Council (CBC).
Scope: NRPI is the most comprehensive
statewide database of its kind in California with
over 8,000 natural resource projects searchable on
the Internet. These projects include watershed conservation
and acquisition, restoration and noxious weed eradication,
assessment, planning, and scientific studies.
Note: The former CalWeed
Database is now incorporated into the Natural
Resource Projects Inventory.
Database: Noxious and Nuisance Plant Management Information System (PMIS)
Host: U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development
Center, Environmental Laboratory
Scope: The Noxious and Nuisance
Plant Management Information System (PMIS) allows
rapid and efficient access to over 100 of the worst U.S. invasive
plants. Detailed and summary information on plant
biology, ecology, problems, identification, and
associated management technologies are included.
Database: Purge Spurge: Leafy Spurge Database Version 4.0
Host: U.S. Department of Agriculture, TEAM Leafy Spurge
Scope: The CD, which was produced by Team Leafy Spurge, contains more than 800 journal articles, Extension publications, symposium proceedings, scientific abstracts and other resources pertaining to research and management of the noxious weed leafy spurge. You can order a free copy by mail, phone, fax or e-mail. Contact Beth Redlin at USDA-ARS NPARL, 1500 N. Central, Sidney, MT 59270, (406) 433-9427, Fax (406) 433-5038, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Detection Network (SEEDN)
Host: University of Georgia, Center
for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Scope: Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS),
provides a more accurate picture of the distribution of invasive species in the
Southeastern U.S. EDDMapS will allow
land managers, agencies and others to set priorities for early detection and
rapid response (EDRR), as well as formulate overall invasive plant management
action plans. Includes distribution data by species and by county for Southeastern
Database: Southwest Exotic Mapping Program (SWEMP)
Host: U.S. Geological
Survey, Colorado Plateau Research Station, Southwest
Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse
Scope: A regional database regional database of non-native invasive plant distributions for the southwest (Arizona, New Mexico and adjacent areas of adjoining states) and creates maps for those distributions. The SWEMP 2006 database contains over 31,600 records of invasive, non-native plant occurrences that were contributed by weed managers in the Southwest.
largest botanical database, contains 1.2 million
published names, information on more than 361,000
type specimens (the specimen used to establish
the name for a plant species), more than two million
distribution records, nearly 660,000 synonyms,
over four million specimen records and more than
179,000 plant images.
ID - Interactive Weed Identification Database
Host: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scope: This database contains
280 of the most common weeds/invasive plants found
in agricultural, urban, and natural settings in
Wisconsin. Click on the Weed ID
Tool in the left column. The database is organized
to ask questions about the unknown plant, and,
based on the user's input, the website will
produce a list of plants (scientific and common
names) along with thumbnail images that match the
Database: WeedMapper (Oregon)
Host: Oregon State University,
Scope: WeedMapper includes locations
of noxious weeds throughout Oregon as collected
by responsible federal, state, and local agencies.
Electronic maps are viewable at the state, county,
township, or section (square mile) level. WeedMapper
is designed to facilitate identification, reporting,
and verification of noxious weeds in the state
of Oregon. It provides maps of known infestations
of the most serious weed pests, as well as photographs,
taxonomic and diagnostic characteristics to assist
in their identification.
Database: Weeds Gone Wild
Host: Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group
Scope: This site provides a compiled national list of invasive plants infesting natural areas throughout the U.S., background information on the problem of invasive species, illustrated fact sheets that include plant descriptions, native range, distribution and habitat in the U.S., management options, suggested alternative native plants, and other information, and selected links to relevant people and organizations.
of North America Program (BONAP)
Host: North Carolina Botanical Garden; University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Scope: The program's goal is to develop a unified
digital system for assessing the North American biota through the maintenance
of the taxonomic, nomenclatural, and biogeographic data for all members
of the biota. The BONAP
now includes data for all vascular plants and vertebrate species (native,
naturalized, and adventive) of the United States and Canada. In Jan
2010, BONAP released its North
American Plant Atlas; county-level
atlas for contiguous 48 states.
List of Weeds
Host: Weed Science
Society of America
Scope: Database was revised Jan 2010
by the Standardized Plant Names subcommittee
with 3488 plants in the database. Database is searchable
and can be downloaded by PDF or Excel format.
Database: Floristic Inventory of South Florida
Host: Institute for Regional
Scope: This database presents
lists of exotic plant taxa on conservation lands
in a 19 county area defined as the South Florida
Ecosystem by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service. The South Florida Ecosystem
is a larger area than that covered by the Floristic
Inventory of Southern Florida.
Database: Illinois Plant Information Network (ILPIN)
Host: Illinois Natural History Survey; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Scope: ILPIN was designed to provide many different types of information about ALL of the vascular plant taxa found in Illinois. At this site, you can search on a species (by scientific or common name), and retrieve all the information we have compiled on the species, as well as a map of its known distribution among the counties in Illinois. Includes Taxonomic, biologic, geographic, and ecologic information on 3209 Illinois vascular plant taxa.
Native Gardening and Invasive Plants Guide
Host: National Wildlife Federation, Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Scope: Search for native plants by region
Host: Cooperative effort of the
and Wildlife Service - Chesapeake Bay Field Office,
the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Image Matters
Scope: Search for native plants by name, plant type, sun exposure,
soil texture and moisture, and even find native plants with the same shape, color,
size or other characteristics as some of their favorite non-native plants.
Plant Information Network (NPIN) - Explore Plants
Host: University of Texas - Austin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Native Plant Information Network
Scope: Searchable databases featuring information about recommended native plant species, native plant landscapers, native plant and seed suppliers and native plant organizations from around the country.
Database: Native Plants Network
Host: University of Idaho
Scope: The Native Plant Network is devoted to the sharing of information on how to propagate native plants of North America (Canada, Mexico, and U.S.).
Database: New York Flora Atlas
Host: New York Flora Association
Scope: Searchable database of aquatic and terrestrial vegetation found in New York State. Provides ecological status, distribution maps by county, and bibliographic information.
Host: Ohio State University, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Scope: PlantFacts has merged several digital collections developed at Ohio State University to become an international knowledge bank and multimedia learning center. The Web Search Engine component searches through all U.S. land-grant universities and several government institutions across Canada.
Database: PLANTS Database
Host: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Scope: The PLANTS Database includes names, checklists,
automated tools, identification information, species abstracts, distributional
data, crop information, plant symbols, plant growth data, plant materials
information, plant links, references, and other plant information. The Invasive and
Noxious Weeds section of the database provides a Federal Noxious Weeds
List; State Noxious Weed Reports; Invasive Plants of the U.S.;
and Introduced Plants of the U.S.
Database: PLANTS Interactive ID Keys
Host: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Scope: The data set was developed cooperatively by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center and was compiled from numerous and varied sources by Dr. David Bogler of the Missouri Botanical Garden (ca. 1.7 million data points). The automated plant key runs in a new version of SLIKS which is free and requires no installation.
Database: U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Query all GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
Host: U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service,
National Genetic Resources Program, GRIN-Global.
Scope: GRIN taxonomic data provide
the structure and nomenclature for the accessions
of the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS).
Many additional plants (62,000 taxa, 14,000 genera) are also included
in GRIN-Global taxonomy, especially economic plants. For more information, see About GRIN Taxonomy for Plants.