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The pupose of this website is for the identification of plants. You can search for info, or you can help in the writing. I am starting with Vermont Plants, and concentrating mostly on trees at the beginning.

Most people have probably heard of wikipedia.org, but if you haven't, it's a huge online encyclopedia written by it's users. See defintion here: wiki. Articles are posted, and then may be edited and added to by anyone. It doesn't sound like it would work, but it does. It is now the 12th most popular website in the world.


Based on this idea, and using similar software, I have started a website where people can publish information and photos of plants found in the wild. You can look at it as a sort of treasure hunt, that when it grows enough, will be a good resource for people trying to identify plants. The idea can to me because I have a great book that I've had since my botany studies at the University of Vermont. It lists all the plants found in Vermont, but the illustrations are terrible, what few there are are black and white photos of dried plants from the UVM Herbarium. With todays digital cameras abounding, I thought it might be interesting to try to put together a collection of good color photos of all these plants.


I have started working on it myself since last sunday afternoon, concentrating on Vermont, and starting mostly with trees, since they are easier to find in the winter than some plants. There are 1,927 species of plants growing wild in Vermont , or 2,752 if you count all hybrids and sub-species. Everyone is invited take a look at the start, and to contribute if possible, text, photos, editing, fact checking, or whatever you can or want to do. Start a Category for a different State if you want to.

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