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Online Resources

If you are interested in finding out more about certain species, their uses, and the field of botany, check out the links below:

Online Databases

Go Botany: New England Wild Flower Society A great resource with botanical keys for the plants of New England.

USDA Plants Database  Provides information about vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

New England Botanical Club  The New England Botanical Club (NEBC), founded in 1895, is a non-profit organization that promotes the study of plants of North America, especially the flora of New England and adjacent areas.

Botanical Society of America  Botanical Society of America is one of the world’s largest societies devoted to the study of plants and allied organisms, and functions as an umbrella organization covering all specialties.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

Catalogue of Life A database of the world’s known species of animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.

Literature: Plants and Forests of New England

Aber, J., et al. “Is nitrogen deposition altering the nitrogen status of Northeastern forests?” BioScience 53.4 (2003).

Abrams, M. “Where has all the white oak gone?” BioScience 53.10 (2003).

Ackerly, D., et al. “The Geography of Climate Change: implications for conservation biology” Biodiversity Review 16 (2010).

Anderson, G., Hill, J. “Many to flower, few to fruit: The reproductive biology of Hamamelis virginiana (Hamamelidaceae)” American Journal of Botany 89.1 (2002).

Bazzaz, F. “Habitat Selection in Plants” The American Naturalist 137 (1991).

Ciccotelli, B., Harris, T., Connery, B., Rajakaruna, N. “A preliminary study of the vegetation of vernal pools of Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA.” Rhodora 113: 260-279 (2011).

Foster, D. “Oak, chestnut and fire: climatic and cultural controls of long-term forest dynamics in New England, USA” Journal of Biogeography 29 (2002).

Greene, C., et al. “Vascular flora of the Acadia National Park region, Maine” Rhodora 107.39 (2005).

Harris, T.B., Rajakaruna, N., Nelson, S., Vaux, P. “Stressors and Threats to the Flora of Acadia National Park, Maine: Current Knowledge, Information Gaps, and Future Directions.” Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 139: 323-344 (2012).

Harrison, S., Cornell, H. “Toward a better understanding of the regional causes of local community richness” Ecology Letters 11 (2008).

Lovett, G., et al. “Forest ecosystem responses to exotic pests pathogens in eastern North America” BioScience 56.5 (2006).

McMaster, R. “Factors influencing vascular plant diversity on 22 islands off the coast of eastern North America” Journal of Biogeography 32 (2005).

Petit, R., Hampe, A. “Some Evolutionary Consequences of Being a Tree” Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (2006).

Pope, N., Harris, T., Rajakaruna, N. “Vascular plants of adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA.” Rhodora 112:105-141 (2010).

Qian, H. “Floristic relationships between eastern Asia and North America: Test of Gray’s hypothesis” The American Naturalist 160.3 (2002).

Rajakaruna, N., T. B. Harris, S. Clayden, A. Dibble, and F. S. Olday. “Lichens of Callahan Mine, a copper and zinc-enriched Superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, U.S.A.” Rhodora 113: 1-31 (2011).

Rajakaruna, N., Pope, N., Perez-Orozco, J., Harris, T. “Ornithocoprophilous Plants of Mount Desert Rock, a Remote Bird-Nesting Island in the Gulf of Maine, USA.” Rhodora 111: 417-448 (2009).

Vaux, P. D., Nelson, S. J., Rajakaruna, N. Mittelhauser, G., Bell, K., Kopp, B., Peckenham, J., Longsworth, G.  “Assessment of natural resources and watershed conditions in and adjacent to Acadia National Park.”Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/HTLN/NRTR—2006/001. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. (2008).


Medical Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today’s drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

Native American Ethnobotany A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants.

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