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Aechmea calyculata.
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)
Aechmea calyculata.



    The botanical and biodiversity window presenting botany in all its aspects: plant biology and physiology; nomencalture and sytematics; biodiversity and ecology. Option to search by family type of a genus, with a direct link to Google Images. Articles are plentifully illustrated with photographs and drawings. Each article has a link to its French equivalent.

  • The International Plant Names Index

    The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community. IPNI is the product of a collaboration between The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium. In English only.

  • PLANTS Database

    PLANTS is a specialized, national database in the United States, created by the National Plant Data Center, a branch of the USDA National Resources Conservation Service. You can search by common name, scientific name, symbol or family, and limit your search by region of the United States. You can also search by limiting the category – endangered plants or phytogenetics, for example. There is an option to download certain basic search elements from your request. Search criteria are simple. The profile of each plant includes common and Latin names, type of growth, group, family, life cycle and status of the plant in the United States (introduced plants, etc.) and a photo if available. Includes a series of links to sites about floral diversity and ethnobotany.

VASCAN – Database of vascular plants of Canada. 

  • The VASCAN database, developed at the Centre sur la biodiversité at the Université de Montréal, consists of a complete list of vascular plants inventoried in Canada, Greenland (Denmark) and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (France). For each of the plants, VASCAN provides the accepted scientific name, vernacular names and synonyms. Also included is the distribution (native, introduced, etc.) of the plant in every province or territory along with the plant classification (tree, shrub, herbaceous plant or vine). Searches can be made either by name or by distribution, and plant lists are generated according to the criteria selected.
  • Vascular Plant Families and Genera

    Database on the Kew Gardens website. The data presented are taken from the publication Vascular Plant Families and Genera compiled by R. K. Brummitt and published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 1992. The families recognised were determined by a committee of botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K) and the Natural History Museum (BM), operating between 1984 and 1992. The recognised genera are those accepted in the Kew Herbarium in 1992. The search tool is based on the genus name. The option to list genera within a family is very useful. In English only.

Television series

  • La Semaine verte

    The TV show La Semaine verte, broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada and hosted by Catherine Mercier, is the get-together par excellence for everyone interested in questions involving agrifood, fishing and forests, wildlife management and the environment.

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, Public Gardens

  • American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

    Official web site of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Information on the association, its mission, its members, its activities. Links to institutional members, a special tool to find gardens on the web. Easy to consult.

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International

    Information on this international organisation that exists to ensure the world-wide conservation of threatened plants. Many members are botanical gardens. Very useful for links to geographical and regional categories and directories of members and gardens.

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