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Useful References

Taxonomic Name References:

Index Nominum Genericorum
The Index Nominum Genericorum (ING), a collaborative project of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) and the Smithsonian Institution, is a compilation of generic names published for all organisms covered by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

IPNI (International Plant Names Index)
A database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants. Search by plant names, authors or publications.

Index of Plant Names – Authors -- source for spelling and abbreviations for authors of plant names.

This database contains over 345,000 names of fungi (including yeast, lichens, chromistan fungi, protozoan fungi and fossil forms) at species level and below.

Search names, publications or authorities in Missouri Botanical Garden’s TROPICOS database for seed plants; data linked to NYBG specimen data

Search names, publications or authorities in Missouri Botanical Garden’s TROPICOS database for bryophytes; data linked to NYBG specimen data

Bibliographic/Biographic references

On-line public access catalog of the Lu Esther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden

NYBG Archive and Manuscript Collection
Biographical information and index to unpublished holdings by former NYBG scientists and associates

Index Herbariorum
Index to the address information, staff members and staff specialties for the world’s 3000+ herbaria

Geographic references

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Provided as part of the Getty Vocabulary Program of the Getty Research Institute, this Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) allows users to enter a place name and receive physical features, political entities, and sources for the information given.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
Collection of mostly older maps from the University of Texas at Austin. Maps were produced by the U.S. Department of State unless otherwise indicated. Includes a link to Other City Map Sites which is a list of links to other map services for up-to-date maps as well as specific cities.

In cooperation with the USGS, this site provides every USGS 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States and Alaska (1:63,360). Puerto Rico (1:20,000) is coming soon. Appropriate for topographic map users and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

U.S. Census Bureau's Maps and Cartographic Products
Map products, boundary files, on-line mapping (TIGER Map Server)

United Nations Cartographic Section
More than 100 General Maps are available currently. Maps are in PDF format for best display and print results.

Library of Congress American Memory Project
Collection of U.S. maps from 1500 to 2004.

Other References

International Organization for Plant Information
The International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) manages a series of cooperative international projects that aim to create and link databases of plant taxonomic information.

Checklist of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps

USDA Plants Database

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Center for Plant Conservation


IUCN/SSC Plants Program

SEINet: Southwestern Environmental Information Network

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