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BioScience and Natural Resources Library: The Librarians at the Marian Koshland B&NR Library(UC Berkeley) have evaluated and selected these sites for their importance in the biological sciences and natural resources. Some of these links are to publicly available websites.


Calflora: Use this site for information, conservation, education, and appreciation of wild California plants (both native plants and weeds). Enter the common or scientific name of a plant to find out about it or enter a place and get an illustrated list of the plants that grow there. Calflora is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers and one part-time paid engineer.


California Gardens: This nursery site provides a comprehensive list of California native plants, plant images, information on organic gardening, and a list of links to botanical gardens.


California Plant Names: This site, compiled by Michael L. Charters is a dictionary of botanical and biographical ethymology, including Latin and Greek Meanings and Derivations.


Encyclopedia of Earth: The "a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public."


Ibiblio: "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill."


International Carnivorous Plant Society: This site provides information and resources for research and study of carnivorous plants. Designed by ICPS to share knowledge and news of about cultivation, conservation, and appreciation of these unique organisms, the site also includes a very comprehensive Carnivorous Plants Name Database.


Neartica - General Botany: This page provides links to Plant Classification, Plant Anatomy and Flowering Plant Databases. Nearctica was founded by Dr. Robert W. Poole and Dr. Patricia Gentili.


Web Index of California Wild Plants: This site is a thumbnail-illustrated web index for the plants of California found outside of cultivation. At present, its purpose is to integrate access to resources at eight sites. It uses a combination of the CalFlora and CNPS Inventory lists to generate links to content.


Virtual Library of Biosciences: This page houses an extensive list of links to Botany, Plant Biology and Biosciences resources. Maintained by Scott Russell at the University of Oklahoma.


Botanical Society of America: "The BSA encompasses all areas of plant biology, including development, physiology, reproductive biology, evolution, phycology, genetics, mycology, ecology, systematics, molecular biology, and paleobotany. One of the world's largest societies devoted to the study of plants and allied organisms, it functions as an umbrella organization covering all specialties."


California Invasive Plant Council: “Formed in 1992 to address one of California's top environmental threats, Cal-IPC's mission is to protect California wildlands from invasive plants through restoration, research and education." Included on the site are definitions and inventories of invasive plant species and information on responsible landscaping.


California Native Grasslands Association: “The Mission of the CNGA is to promote, preserve, and restore the diversity of California’s native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship." Images, video and links to related websites are available.


California Native Plant Society: “The California Native Plant Society is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters and statewide programs, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations."


Garden Design: Gardening information, including gardening how-to's by top garden writers, plant fact sheets and guide sheets, seasonal tips and garden techniques by Garden Guides.


Lichenland: Use this site to find information on Lichens, the successful alliance between a fungus and an alga--living as one organism, both inhabiting the same body. Provided with NSF funding and in association with Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University and Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University.


National Institute of Agricultural Botany:  "The goal of the NIAB as an independent science-based research and information organization is to support, develop and promote agriculture and horticulture and help the industry to fulfil its potential in supplying food and renewable resources, while respecting the natural environment."


Plant Taxonomy: An easy to use interactive tool for "leafing out" plant taxonomy provided by Garden Guides.