About This Website

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Focus:  Plant identification is the focus of this website. Descriptive details of native and naturalized plant species found in the central New York region are presented in an easier-to-understand manner, along with quality diagnostic pictures.  Everyday English terms have been substituted for technical terms wherever feasible.

This site was not created for scientists who specialize in the study of these species.  They already know this material, and much more.  It has been created for amateur naturalists and practitioners who need everyday assistance in distinguishing similar species from each other.

I have tried to provide users with sufficient details, plus a little bit more.  Yellow highlights indicate essential, distinguishing characteristics.  These are the most important characteristics to look for.  The aim was not to overwhelm users with minutia.  Those still needing additional details may need to consult more technical references, or you may send me your questions.  I'll try to answer them as best I can.

A glossary of technical terms, informative articles and literature sources can be accessed on the General Resources pages.

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Navigation:  For this site, page transitions are variable.

Species detail pages and resources pages will open to a new tab by default - in order to facilitate comparisons between species or otherwise make it easier to switch pages.  Jumps to the website home page will never open to a new page.  Users who prefer that hyperlinks routinely open to new tabs may select that option on their browser.

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Description of Navigational Icons:

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     Asteraceae species page.
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      Shared resources page.
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      Asteraceae resources page.
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      Violaceae resources page.
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     Violaceae species page.
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Other websites of interest:  Though I have photographic images of hundreds of species, I won't attempt to catalog all species in the flora region. On the [ Links ] page I have listed links to a few other fine sites where one can find information about other species not covered here.

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Use of copyrighted materials:  Hopefully, the materials presented here will be of assistance in your efforts to learn about and identify wild-growing plant species. However, please keep in mind that all of what is shown here, though readily accessible, is copyrighted material, and should be used respectfully. Please consult the Terms of Use document for details.

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..Images and text copyright  botphoto.com  and Arieh Tal, 1990 to 2016.  All rights reserved.  ( Terms of use )

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Page updated:  2016.03.28