How to find plant names
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Looking for a hard to remember name can be frustrating, especially when you're not an expert in botanical names. The software provides several ways to search for names, each useful for different searching problems. The first two methods return lists of matching items.  The last two methods return a single matching item at a time.

 
If you know a plant by its common name, use the list of vernacular names. Type the common name in the search field and press the search button.

This is especially useful when there are many similar common names -- the results list will show them all.

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You can also use the list of vernacular names if you know part or all of the botanical name. Just toggle the search button to Search for botanical names.

This is useful for many botanical names but not all -- only those plants with common names will be found. If this search produces no results, be sure to also try the next method.

If you know part or all of the botanical name, you can use the Find facility of the taxonomic checklist.

This is the only way to find family names and other higher order names -- the other methods only work for the ranks of genus and species.

If you're certain that you have a specimen record for a particular name, you can use the Find facility of the specimen view.

Note that the specimen Find facility is also used for finding text values that are not plant names so searching for a name may find other types of values.

Once you've found the name you're looking for, it's easy to navigate to the corresponding entry in the related lists.

 
Press this button to go to the corresponding vernacular name entry.
Press this button to go to the corresponding taxonomic checklist entry.
Press this button to go to the corresponding specimen list entry.

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Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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