Identification Resources

Identification Resources

One of the main purposes of the BSBI is to help people learn to identify plants. We have many publications and educational resources of use to the aspiring botanist. On this page we make available some specific resources to help you identify plants.

Members of the BSBI can make use of our Referees, who will name difficult plants for you. Details are in the Yearbook, which is sent out to members each year in January. If youíre not a member, and you are interested in plant identification, you should think about joining.

On this page we can put documents and links to other web pages. Do let us know if you have any suggestions, but not picture guides, please.

The TEP Files

A new series of identification leaflets for consultants, produced by Peter Gateley of Warrington based ecological consultancy TEP. You can download them, print them out and laminate. They are pdfs up to about 2 Mb. See what you think....

Web Links

>> BotanicalKeys. A free and easy online key for beginners, by Quentin Groom.

>> Have a go at the Flora of NW Europeís Identification Test.

>> Jeremy Robertsís web site on Trichophorum, Eleocharis, Viola rupestris and Hymenophyllum.

 Trichophorum web site.

>> The Daffodil Site, by Mick Crawley.

>> ISpot is a handy web site for posting photos of things you canít identify.

>> If youíre a real expert, you can identify northern hawkweeds using Tim Richís online key

Documents

>> Guide to snowdrop identification by Mick Crawley pdf 607kb.

 

 

Please get in touch if you have any suggestions or if you have identification resources to contribute.

 

 

Plant Crib 3: we are now uploading pdfs of the sections of Plant Crib 3. These will appear over the next few months, and you will have a chance to buy the book in a year or so, when it is completed. If there is anything missing that you need, please ask.

Alphabetical by genus

  • Acaena
  • Aconitum
  • Agrimonia
  • Aizoaceae
  • Ajuga
  • Alchemilla
  • Alisma
  • Alnus
  • Alopecurus x plettkei
  • Amaranthus
  • Ambrosia
  • Amelanchier
  • Anthyllis
  • Aphanes
  • Apium
  • Arctium
  • Arenaria
  • Arrhenatherum
  • Artemisia
  • Asplenium
  • Aster
  • Asteraceae - mayweeds
  • Asteraceae - yellow
  • Athyrium
  • Atriplex
  • Avena
  • Betula
  • Blackstonia - Centaurium
  • Brassicaceae
  • Bromopsis
  • Bromus
  • Calamagrostis
  • Cardamine
  • Carex
  • Catabrosa
  • Catapodium
  • Cerastium
  • Ceratophyllum
  • Chenopodium
  • Chionodoxa
  • Chrysosplenium
  • Circaea
  • Conifers
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crataegus
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Cystopteris
  • Datura
  • Daucus carota
  • Deschampsia cespitosa
  • Diphasiastrum
  • Drosera
  • Dryopteris
  • Eleocharis
  • Elodea
  • Elytrigia and Elymus
  • Empetrum
  • Epilobium
  • Epipactis
  • Equisetum
  • Erica
  • Eriophorum
  • Erodium
  • Erophila
  • Euphorbia
  • Euphrasia
  •  

  • Fallopia
  • Fragaria
  • Fumaria
  • Gagea/Hyacinthoides
  • Galium
  • Gentianella
  • Geranium
  • Geum
  • Gilia
  • Glyceria
  • New! Gymnadenia
  • Helictotrichon
  • Hieracium
  • Hirschfeldia/Brassica
  • Holcus
  • Huperzia
  • Hyacinthoides
  • Hymenophyllum
  • Hypericum
  • Impatiens
  • Inula - Digitalis
  • Isoetes
  • Jasione
  • Juncus
  • Laburnum
  • Lactuca
  • Leersia
  • Lemna
  • Ligustrum
  • Limonium
  • Limosella
  • Liparis
  • Lolium
  • Ludwigia
  • Luronium
  • Luzula
  • Malcolmia
  • Medicago
  • Medicago lupulina
  • Mimulus
  • Molinia caerulea
  • Muscari
  • Myosotis
  • Myriophyllum
  • Nigella
  • Nitella
  • Nuphar
  • Oenanthe
  • Ononis
  • Ophioglossum
  • Orobanche
  • Oxalis
  • Papaver
  • Parietaria
  • Pedicularis sylvatica
  • Persicaria
  • Phleum phleoides
  • Phytolacca
  • Plantago major
  • Poa
  • Polemoniaceae
  • Polygala
  • Polygonum
  • Polypodium
  • Polystichum
  • Populus
  •  

  • Potamogeton
  • Potentilla
  • Potentilla sterilis
  • Prunus
  • Pteridium
  • Puccinellia distans
  • Pyrus
  • Quercus
  • Ranculus (Batrachium)
  • Ranunculus (Ranunculus)
  • Ribes
  • Rorippa
  • Rubus
  • Rumex
  • Rumex crispus
  • Sagina/Minuartia
  • Salicornia
  • Salix
  • Sanguisorba
  • Saxifraga
  • Saxifraga hirculus
  • Schoenoplectus
  • Scrophularia
  • Scutellaria
  • Serapias
  • Sinapis
  • Solanum nigrum
  • Sonchus arvensis
  • Sorbus
  • Sparganium
  • Spartina
  • Spergula arvensis
  • New! Spergularia bocconei
  • Spergularia marina
  • Spiraea
  • Stellaria
  • Symphytum
  • Taraxacum notes
  • T. sect. Celtica
  • T. sect. Erythrosperma
  • T. sect. Hamata
  • T. sect. Naevosa
  • Tilia
  • Tofieldia
  • Tragopogon pratensis
  • Tragopogon - Scorzonera
  • Trichomanes
  • Trifolium
  • Triglochin
  • Trisetum flavescens
  • Typha
  • Ulex
  • Urtica galeopsifolia
  • Utricularia
  • Vaccinium
  • Veronica
  • Vicia
  • Viola
  • Zostera
  • Other entries

  • Fine-leaved aquatics
  • Lake-bottom isoetids
  • Upland Caryophyllaceae
  • Waterlilies
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