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    • CommentAuthorshaio
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011 edited
     (9760.1)
    Hello, first the disclaimer part: sorry if this part of the forum is not suitable for my question, i was wondering where to post it :)

    Now to the question:
    I'm searching for a book that is used to find the species of plants - Family, Genus, etc - the latin name, but i don't know how that type of book is called in english. I have one in my language (bulgarian), but i want to search for something in english. Here it's called "Determinator for bulgarian plants" [sucky translation, but it's close]. I've tried with several wild searches in google, but i was unable to find a book like this.

    The contents are very specific. There are conditions that you must follow, like "The plant propagates through seeds - go to 4. The plant propagates through spores - go to 2", "The anthers are 2 or 4 - go to 43. The anthers are 3 or 6 - go to 55", etc. You follow the numbers, until you find the family that you are looking for.

    So, if anyone knows what i'm searching for or you know a botanist or someone that might know, could you please ask them?

    Thank you guys, and one more time, apologies to the management if this is the wrong place.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2011
     (9760.2)
    The contents are very specific. There are conditions that you must follow, like "The plant propagates through seeds - go to 4. The plant propagates through spores - go to 2", "The anthers are 2 or 4 - go to 43. The anthers are 3 or 6 - go to 55", etc. You follow the numbers, until you find the family that you are looking for.


    Identification Key (or, often, with plant identification) Dichotomous Key is the phrase you need to use in your searches, here. You're probably not going to find an inexpensive one for the entire US, but, like your Bulgarian book, you'll find regional variations (Trees of the North East, Shrubs of the West, Ferns of the Northwest, etc).

    But this is the internet. You can find *anything* on the internets. A google search for "identification key plants" pops up a site for tree identification (dichotomous key, simple walkthrough), one for flowering plant family identification (polyclave key), and the big ol' Department of Ag database (Multiclave key, divided broadly by state and type)
    • CommentAuthorshaio
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2011
     (9760.3)
    Ah, Ariana i can't thank you enough. The key was the word "key", because searching only for "plant identification book" was leading me only to books with pictures and descriptions, that are no good for me.

    I'm going to class now, but i'll delve into searches after i get back.