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The San Francisco Bay Area
is rich in landscape, horticultural, and environmental resources.
This website is intended to help
novices and professionals
connect with those resources.

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bloom photo WEBSITES TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY A PLANT
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How trees are identified

http://gaia.flemingc.on.ca/~dhendry/trelec.htm

plant classification and tree identification terms

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Pronunciation guide (requires Adobe Flash Player, which can be downloaded at this link)

www.taunton.com/finegardening/pguide/pronunciation-guide-to-botanical-latin.aspx

Hear a pronunciation of plant botanical names

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West Coast Native Tree ID

http://signsofdissent.com/webbedfeet/tree/treebegin.html

dichotomous plant key for west coast native trees, click on "begin tree id"

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Iowa State University Tree Key

http://www.exnet.iastate.edu/pages/tree/key.html

Identification key for primarily midwestern trees, but includes many found on west coast

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University of Southern Utah Interactive Plant Key

http://utc.usu.edu/keys/

dichotomous plant key, regionally based

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Dave's Garden

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/

Description of plant material.

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HortiPlex

http://hortiplex.gardenweb.com/plants/

Comprehensive plant database

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ZipcodeZoo.com

http://zipcodezoo.com/Plants/

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bloom photo WEBSITES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT PLANTS FOR WHICH YOU HAVE ALREADY IDENTIFIED
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Oregon State University

http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/

Description of plant material. Search by botanical name.

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California Gardens

www.californiagardens.com/Lists/plant.htm

plants for california gardens, including listings by plant category and site situations

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

http://plants.usda.gov

Nationwide database of information regarding all types of plants.

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Cal Berkeley Plant Database

http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/photos/flora/

Plant database of California plants.

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UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/datastore/datareport.cfm?reportnumber=62

photos of typical sierra cascade plant material

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California Coastal Commission

www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/UNBweb/unb_plants.html

lists of coastal plants in California

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Ohio State Plant Database

http://plantfacts.osu.edu/plantlist/index.html

database of common landscape plants

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Las Pilitas Nursery NATIVES

www.laspilitas.com

Santa Margarita CA 93453

805-438-5992

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Calflora

www.calflora.org/species/index.html

searching california plants

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Cuyamaca College Plant Database

www.cuyamaca.net/oh170/week1.asp

Photos and data of west coast trees

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University of Florida Plant Database

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/index.htm

Photos and data for Florida plants, including many palms

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Virginia Tech Plant Database

www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/factsheets.cfm

Photos and data for many deciduous and evergreen plants of east coast.

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Michigan State University Plant Database

http://msue.msu.edu/imp/modzz/masterzz.html

Plant data and photos of upper midwestern plant material.

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UC Cooperative Extension Weed Information and ID tool

http://wric.ucdavis.edu/information/information.html

weeds and poisonous plant information

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UC IPM online

www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/weeds_intro.html

weed photo gallery

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CA Dept. of Food and Agricultre

www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/ipc/encycloweedia/encycloweedia_hp.htm

California noxious weed photos and information

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San Francisco Estuary Invasive Aquatic and Wetland Plants

www.sfei.org/nis/index.html

invasive aquatic and wetland plants of the bay area

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