Sunday, April 15, 2012

Invasive Plant Species Taxonomic & Identification: Information, Tools & Resources

This is a partial annotated bibliography of on line resources for systematic information about (invasive) plant species including scientific names, native ranges and other botanical and biological information. These sites to not necessarily identify a particular species as being invasive in any given location per se. The information found here is used in conjunction with legislative, regulatory or other authoritative sources which together create an informed basis for indicating a particular species as being "politically" invasive in your ecosystem or landscape. 

For more complete information about invasive species specifically: National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC): Gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources

If you have a site that you think should be added please let me know. 

15 April 2012 last update 17:13 EDT US

1.     Brouillet, L., F. Coursol, S.J. Meades, M. Favreau, M. Anions, P. Bélisle & P. Desmet. 2010+. VASCAN, the Database of Vascular Plants of Canada. (, 15 April 2012)
Abstract: VASCAN is a comprehensive list of all vascular plants reported in
Canada, Greenland (Denmark) and Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France). VASCAN is literature-based, though recent additions are sometimes specimen-based.

2.     CABI, 2012.   In: Invasive Species Compendium. (, 15 April 2012) CABInternational, Wallingford, UNITED KINGDOM. 
Abstract: An encyclopaedic resource that draws together scientific information on all aspects of invasive species. It comprises detailed datasheets that have been sourced from experts, edited by CABI's scientific staff, peer-reviewed, enhanced with data from specialist organisations, and with images, and maps, and linked to a bibliographic database.

3.     Douce, G.K.; Moorhead, D.J.; Bargeron, C.T.; Reardon, R.C.  2005. a Web-based Image Archive and Database System Focused on North American Exotic and Invasive Species. [Online Database].. (, 15 April 2012).  In: Gottschalk, Kurt W., ed. Proceedings, XV U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on gypsy moth and other invasive species 2004; 2004 January 13-16; Annapolis, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-332. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station: 25. USA.
Abstract: BugwoodImages ( has 165,370 images, on 16,796 subjects with 1,889 contributing photographers. BugwoodImages also has a wide audience including growers, managers, researchers, diagnosticians, consultants, regulatory officials, educators, journalist and the general public from all around the world. The site includes links to  EDDMapS - Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System includes distribution maps for over 1000 invasive plants in the United States both at county level and point level; Maps of Occupation and Estimates of Acres Covered by Nonnative Invasive Plants in Southern Forests Regional Maps of occupation and coverage estimates are accessible for 33 recognized nonnative plants invading forests of the 13 southern States using U.S. Forest Service's Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis data; and PestTracker is the public access web site of the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS), the agricultural pest tracking database of the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS).

4.     Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds.  1993+.  Flora of North America North of Mexico. [Online Database]. (, 15 April 2012)  16+ vols.  New York and Oxford.  Vol. 1, 1993; vol. 2, 1993; vol. 3, 1997; vol. 4, 2003; vol. 5, 2005; vol. 7, 2010; vol. 8, 2009; vol. 19, 2006; vol. 20, 2006; vol. 21, 2006; vol. 22, 2000; vol. 23, 2002; vol. 24, 2007; vol. 25, 2003; vol. 26, 2002; vol. 27, 2007.
Abstract: The Flora of North America is a published and on-line reference source, with information on the names, taxonomic relationships, continent-wide distributions, and morphological characteristics of all plants native and naturalized found in North America north of Mexico.

5.     Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF Data Portal ( 15 April 2012). GBIF Secretariat Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, DENMARK
Abstract: Information on species and other groups of plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, including species occurrence records, as well as classifications and scientific and common names.

6.     IPNI. The International Plant Names Index (2008). [Online Database].   (,  15 April 2012), In: collaboration among The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium.
AbstractL The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community.

7.     ITIS-North America. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) ( 15 April 2012). Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) at U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302, Reston, VA  20192. USA..
Abstract: ITIS is  a database with reliable information on species names and their hierarchical classification; reviewed periodically to ensure high quality with valid classifications, revisions, and additions of newly described species. ITIS includes documented taxonomic information of flora and fauna from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.  
8.     IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. Global Invasive Species Database - GISD. (, 15 April 2012). IUCN SSC ISSG, University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences, Centre for Biosecurity and Biodiversity, NEW ZEALAND.
Abstract: The Global Invasive Species Database focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.

9.     Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2005). Kew Bibliographic Databases. (, 15 April 2012). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,  Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, UNITED KINGDOM 
Abstract: Kew's databases include Kew's collection databases, plant name resources, world checklists, Kew Scientist and other Kew publications.

10. Missouri Botanical Garden. (, 15 Apr 2012). © 2012 Missouri Botanical Garden - 4344 Shaw Boulevard - Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, USA.
Abstract: Tropicos (MoBot) has over 1.2 million scientific names and 4.0 million specimen records.

11.  USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. ( (15 April 2012)) National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland, 20705, USA.
Abstract: GRIN provides taxonomic data provide the structure and nomenclature for accessions of the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS), part of the National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). In GRIN Taxonomy for Plants all families and genera of vascular plants and 50,616 species from throughout the world are represented, especially economic plants and their relatives. Information on scientific and common names, classification, distribution, references, and economic impacts are provided.

12.  USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (, 15 April 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901, USA.
Abstract: The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.


Institute of Invasive Bamboo Research :Caryn Rickel said...

Institute of Invasive Bamboo Research

We will soon have a link to an easy ID chart.


Caryn Rickel said...


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