This database page enables individuals to build their own vascular plant databases complete with photographs, plant characteristics, identification keys, distribution maps, etc. anywhere in North America. Gardeners who want to assess flowering season, flower color, plant duration, nativity, or to see photographs of plant species that grow in their own gardens can do so simply by clicking on the names of plants that grow there. College professors whose job it is to teach their students how to identify plants that grow in local fields or forests; or grade school and high school teachers who want to teach or inspire their kids to learn to identify local wildflowers and trees can do so simply by reducing the number of plants to just a few that grow locally.
Foresters, range managers, conservationists and other plant researchers employed by state or federal government agencies can build comprehensive species inventories for rare plants, aquatic or toxic plants, or other specialty plant groups that grow on their study site. Furthermore, the precise location of each study site can be plotted to within several feet to several miles (depending on what level of georeferencing is desired). Each site location can also be fixed permanently on a Google map via a bubble location. To maintain privacy and security of all sites, bubble locations can be hidden or alternatively, viewed publicly.
To facilitate the process of building your own database, and to establish external and internal standardization, the taxonomic and nomenclatural systems used for all individual plant databases, whether for gardens, school grounds or scientific research plots, will be updated annually, thus eliminating the need for individuals to attempt to do so for their own sites.
BONAP will continue to work with specialists and experts worldwide to assure that the highest degree of scientific accuracy is maintained.
To build your database, please follow the instructions detailed below:
Step 1: Enter your address or location. Then click "Find Location". Note: Using a street address or a zip code will result in a more refined "pick-list" than using a city or state alone.
Step 2: Provide a precise name (limit 50 characters) for your location (e.g., Joe Smith’s Garden, Elizabeth Forward High School, US Forest Service Plot #5)
Step 3: You can refine further the list of plants found at your address or location to include only those within your garden, forest woodlot, school grounds, etc. simply by using the left mouse button to click on the following the name of the plant found there. Once your list is complete, click ‘List Complete’ found at the bottom of the list”
Step 4: By clicking this BONAP Query Page eagle icon, this step will take you to the BONAP Query Page, where you will be able to key your plants, view photographs of you plants, etc. Once on the Query Page, proceed to STEP 5 and find the "Location name" box, directly below the Query map. Enter the exact name of your bubble location used in STEP 2.
Step 5: To view all plant families, genera and species that you recorded for your bubble location, enter the exact bubble name that you selected in STEP 2, and then press Enter (or type the first few letters of your bubble name and select your bubble name from the drop-down list). Congratulations, your database is complete. You can now use the interactive family key created specifically for the plants at your bubble location in tandem with all of their biological attributes, photographs, etc.