Identification

Plant Crib

Sections from edition 2 of the Plant Crib, with some updated sections from the planned edition 3, are kindly made available below by Plant Crib co-editor Dr Tim Rich. Guidance on citing sections of the Plant Crib is available here.

Other entries

Other Identification Resources

 *NEW*  Stonewort ID Key by Nick Stewart.

Try Andy Amphlett’s key to Balsam Poplars.

BotanicalKeys. A free and easy online key for beginners, by Quentin Groom.

Have a go at the Flora of NW Europe’s Identification Test.

Jeremy Roberts’s web site on Trichophorum, Eleocharis, Viola rupestris and Hymenophyllum

Notes on eyebrights by Alan Silverside

The Daffodil Site, by Mick Crawley.

Snowdrop identification by Mick Crawley

ISpot is a handy web site for posting photos of things you can’t identify.

If you’re a real expert, you can identify northern hawkweeds using Tim Rich’s online key.  

Referees

Members of the BSBI can make use of our expert Plant Referees, who will name difficult plants for you. Details are in the BSBI Yearbook, which is sent out to members each year in January and is available via our members-only area (log-in required).

If you’re not a member, and you are interested in plant identification, you may want to think about joining BSBI

The TEP files

Grass identification leaflets for surveyors, produced by Peter Gateley of Warrington-based ecological consultancy TEP. You can download them, print them out and laminate. They are pdfs up to about 2 Mb. See what you think....

Smartphone Apps

MAKAQues Multiple Access Key to the British Flora, by Chris Dixon: ca. £20 from Google Play

eFlora of the British Isles, by Clive Stace, ca. £13 from Apple iTunes