Systematics Section / ASPT
Guala, Gerald. , Bogler, David .
PLANTS ID - Interactive Keys at the USDA NRCS PLANTS Database.
USDA NRCS PLANTS (plants.usda.gov) has launched a major effort to provide an interactive identification resource for all US plants. Current activities include developing continental scale data sets that can be used in extremely portable interactive key software such as Stinger's Lightweight Interactive Key Software - SLIKS (www.stingersplace.com/SLIKS). By combining these data with the county level distribution data for 48 states already in PLANTS, we will be able to provide custom geographic and taxon specific keys down to the resolution of specific taxa in individual counties. The data sets are all fully coded for hundreds of characters for each taxon, thus very detailed descriptions can also automatically generated. Coupling these with the 30,000 images and large amounts of corollary data already in PLANTS and useful links to outside resources yields a powerful plant identification resource for the US flora. Examples from our completed 2400 species data set of all wetland monocots in the US, developed in collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden, will be used for illustration.
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USDA NRCS PLANTS Database
Stinger's Lightweight Interactive Key Software
Missouri Botanical Garden
1 - USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center, P.O. Box 74490, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70874-4490, USA
2 - Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166-0299, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006
Time: 4:00 PM