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Recommended books, videos, journals, and websites for plant and plant conservation information.
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Plants : A Research Guide

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What can I find in this guide? Recommended print and online sources for information about botanical organizations, general plant information, horticulture, and plant conservation. It includes special sections on plants of California and the Southwest, and poisonous and medicinal plants.

Disclaimer: This site is maintained by the SDZG Library for the use of San Diego Zoo Global staff and volunteers. Although we make every attempt to provide accurate information, some of the resources and links may become outdated. If you have suggestions for updates or additional resources, we welcome your feedback.


SDZG Library Resources


Agaves, yuccas, and related plants: a gardener's guide
By Mary Irish
Call no. QK495 .A26 I7 2000 MAIN

Bamboo world: the growing and use of sympodial clumping bamboos
By Victor Cusack
Call no. QK495 .G74 C7 1999 MAIN

Cacti and succulents: an illustrated guide to the plants and their cultivation
By Charles Graham
Call no. QK495 .C11 C43 2009 MAIN

The carnivorous plants
By B.E. Juniper
Call no. QK917 .J85 1989 REF

Edited by John Donaldson 
Call no. QK494.5 .C995 D66 2003 REF

Encyclopaedia of Australian plants: suitable for cultivation (3 vol. set)
Edited by Winston Rodger Elliot
Call no. QK431 .E46 1982 REF

The Kew Plant glossary: an illustrated dictionary of plant terms
By Henk Beentje
Call no. QK9 .B44 2010 REF

Tropica: color encyclopedia of exotic plants and trees for warm-region horticulture
By Alfred Byrd Graf
Call no. QK7 .G736 1992 REF


American Journal of Botany
Annals of Botany
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
The Botanical Review
Brittonia : A Journal of Systematic Botany
Bulletin of the National Tropical Botanical Garden
Curtis's Botanical Magazine
Economic Botany
Fieldiana : Botany
Folia Geobotanica
Horticulture: Magazine of American Gardening
International Forestry Review
International Journal of Plant Sciences
Invasive Plant Science and Management
Journal of Plant Nutrition
Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
Kew Bulletin
Palms (International Palm Society)
Plant Breeding
Plant, Cell and Environment
Plant Ecology
Plant Journal
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany
Systematic Botany
Systematics and Geography of Plants
Veld & Flora (Botanical Society of South Africa)
Weed Science


  • Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center -- Hosted by University of California. Research-based information on planting, growing and harvesting fruits and nuts.
  • Index to American Botanical Literature -- Hosted by the New York Botanical Garden.
  • Kew Bibliographic Database -- Combined searching tool of three bibliographic databases: Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature, Plant Micromorphological Bibliographic Database and Economic Botany Bibliographic Database.
  • PlantSearch -- Global database of living plant, seed, and tissue collections in botanic gardens and similar organizations. From Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).
  • Treesearch -- Database of all US Forest Service publications. Full-text resource.

Websites : General Plant Information

Websites : Plant Taxonomy

  • Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (APWeb) -- Website dedicated to research on Angiosperm (flowering plants) phylogeny and taxonomy. Maintained by Peter F. Stevens of Missouri Botanical Gardens.
  • The Cycad Pages -- Botanical database developed from World List of Cycads, which includes a page for every known cycad. Maintained by Ken Hill at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.
  • eFloras -- Taxonomic listing of flora from China, North America, Ecuadorian Andes, and Pakistan. Maintained by Missouri Botanical Gardens.
  • Euphorbiaceae of Malaysia -- Taxonomic resource on Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family) of Malaysia. Maintained by National Herbarium Nederland.
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System -- Authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
  • International Plant Names Index -- Database of names of seed plants, ferns, and lycophytes. Collaboration between Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium.
  • Plant Common Names -- List of plants by common name. Hosted by
  • Plant Names -- Learn about plant names from the National Agricultural Library.
  • Taxonomic Names Resolution Service -- Free utility for correcting and standardizing plant names.
  • TROPICOS -- Nomenclatural, bibliographic, and specimen data accumulated in the Missouri Botanical Garden's electronic databases over the last 25 years. Contains over 1.2 million scientific names and 3.9 million specimen records.
  • Vascular Plants -- Systematic index of non-flowering and flowering plant families with annotated photos. Maintained by the University of Hawaii Botany Department.

    Websites : Plants by Taxonomic Group


          Carnivorous Plants


    • About Eucalypts -- Excerpts from Euclid : Eucalypts of Southern Australia, 2nd editions.
    • Eucalypt Plant Guides -- Information on the eucalypts (Eucalyptus, Corymbia andAngophora) from the Australian Native Plant Society.
    • Introduction to Eucalypts -- General overview of eucalpyts from the Australian Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research.


          Palms & Cycads

    Websites : Plants by Geographic Location





    • Australian Flora -- Taxonomic and biological online resources. From the Australian Biological Resources Study. Includes searchable online database.
    • Australian Native Plants Society -- Website of society formerly known as ASGAP, geared towards people interested in cultivation, propagation, and conservation of Australian flora.

      Fact Sheets



      • Bamboo Photos -- User-added photos from
      • Botanical Images Database -- Directory listing worldwide plant image resources.
      • CalPhotos - Plants -- A database with over 167,000 photos of plants, mostly from California. Developed by UC Berkeley Digital Library Project.
      • Global Plants (JSTOR) - A plant type specimens database, with community-contributed collections from more than 300 herbaria from around the world.
      • North American Plant Photos -- Plant photos from the Weed Science Society of America.
      • Palm Trees -- List of palm tree species with photos. From
      • Plants in Bloom at the San Diego Zoo -- List of plants that bloom at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park at various times of the year, with links to photos.
      • San Diego County Plants -- Plants listed taxonomically. Created by Michael G. Simpson, SDSU.
      • Smithsonian Plant Image Collection -- Database containing over 31,000 plant and plant habitat images. Maintained by the Smithsonian Department of Botany.
      • USDA Plants Image Gallery -- Collection largely consisting of photos and line drawings of U.S. plants.
      • Weed Photo Gallery -- Photos of weed plants. From University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management program.



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