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Default ### Mini FAQ for sci.bio.botany # 003 ###

The "Frequently Asked Questions" for sci.bio.botany

This is an unmonitored ("feral") NG that is irregular in all other respects
as well, foremost in the frequency of postings. The topic is botany, in all
its aspects, but excluding topics covered in other newsgroups, such as
gardening, cooking with plants, education about plants, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions include:
Can someone ID this flower?
Can someone ID this fruit?
Can someone ID this leaf?
etc

But questions are posed in a very wide range of topics ("Is there such a
thing as a walking palm?", "I am stuck in my lab procedure for a ADP-Glucose
Pyrophosphorylase Assay, please help!", "What is the Classic Greek word for
birch?", etc). Some people think this NG knows everything there is to know
about plants! For an in-depth impression see the archives at
http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search
Many questions of a general nature can be answered by consulting the
archives or just a search engine (a frequent question is "I have this school
project. Can someone write my paper for me?" with the standard response:
"try Google").

Since this is a slow NG (in numbers of postings per week) great tolerance is
observed when dealing with some fringe figures, who post anonimously. Their
tag will become apparent quickly to even the most casual of observers.
Responding to them is done at one's own risk. Logic does not help.


GLOSSARY & WEBDIRECTORY:

BOTANICAL NAMES:
Plantfinder at http://www.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/
This is a directory of names of plants offered for sale in the UK. Standards
are pretty high, both as concerns correct spelling and currency of names.

A lively-looking site with a database of cultivated plants is at:
http://plantsdatabase.com/
This also offers pictures. How are standards?

GRIN at http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/tax/taxecon.html
Well kept database of economically important plants.

TROPICOS (or W3TROPICOS) at
http://mobot.mobot.org/W3T/Search/vast.html
This is a list of current names maintained at the Missouri Botanical
Gardens. It is to be kept in mind that this is a work in progress, with
quality and coverage varying, being especially good in areas where the
Missouri Botanical Gardens is active.

IPNI at www.ipni.org, www.uk.ipni.org or www.us.ipni.org
Basically this is a list of all scientific names of vascular plants ever
published, in the form they were published. It is not complete and the names
listed are not necessarily spelled correctly by today's standards.

A checklist for US plants:
http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/b98/check98.htm

SYSTEMATICS
It is in the nature of things that Systems of Taxonomic
Classification change whenever new techniques of research become available,
yielding new information. The APG-system (based on three genes) stepped
forward first in 1993 (in modest form) and was published in full glory in
1998, with APG II being published in 2003. It made a big impression quickly.
APG is an abbreviation (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group), indicating the group of
scientists collaborating in this venture.
A brief overview of the APG system can be found at
http://www.systbot.uu.se/classification/summary98.html
The APG itself has an extensive website at:
http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/APweb/welcome.html
There also is a system book, "Plant Systematics, a phylogenetic
approach", now in its second edition (2002).
The previous well-accepted system, now starting to be displaced by
APG but still going strong in many places, is that by Arthur Cronquist
(1919-1992). A popular system book based on the Cronquist System is
"Flowering Plants of the World" by Heywood (latest news is that Heywood is
rewriting to conform to APG).

ICBN, the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature at
http://www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/iapt/nomenclature/code
is the Code regulating scientific plant names

PICTURES
Pictures of California wildflowers at
http://dlp.cs.berkeley.edu/photos/flora/

Pictures of plants, by a botanist based on Hawaii
http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty...cronq_judd.htm

Pictures of trees (Northeast of US)
http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/factsheets.cfm

Pictures of trees (Southeast of US)
http://www.forestry.auburn.edu/samuelson/dendrology/

Pictures of trees (Southwest of US)
http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/trees1.html

More trees:
http://www.treelink.org/flashcard/
http://www.treeguide.com/

A simple key for trees is at:
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/key...treekey01.html

Some popular tropical trees:
http://www.zoneten.com/FloweringTrees.htm

Brazilian trees:
http://www.arvore.hpg.ig.com.br/index3.htm

Gymnosperms
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/
giving a great deal of detail

ALIEN INVADERS
http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/

Canadian alien invaders
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/weeds.htm


NG-RELATED SITES
A field trip in West Texas:
http://botany.cs.tamu.edu/FLORA/WINSTON/bwinston1.html

Malvales/Malvaceae:
http://www.meden.demon.co.uk/Malvace...ory.html#Flora

Plant blindness:
http://www.botany.org/bsa/psb/2002/psb48-3.html#Plant

Tree ID:
http://www.realtimerendering.com/trees/trees.html

Fossil Algae:
http://www.ku.edu/~ifaa/index.html









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