Advanced ID Tools

Full Advanced Interactive Key to All 3,500 New England Taxa

  • This key covers all 3,500 species, subspecies, and varieties of native and naturalized plants in New England.
  • It works in the same way as our Simple Key Plant Identifier, asking you to choose the broad group your plant is in, then offering you a series of questions based on the characteristics you are able to observe.
  • Because there are many types of plants in this key, you may take a little longer to identify your plant, but once you do, you can get lots of information on each taxon.
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Dichotomous Key to All 3,500 New England Taxa

If you are an experienced botanist, use our Dichotomous Key tool.

  • A dichotomous key presents a set of paired choices that describe various plant characteristics.
  • You choose the one that best matches the plant you are trying to identify. Then you get another pair of choices.
  • As you march down the choices, you gradually narrow down to your plant.
  • The questions are technical and specific, but botanical terms are all defined and illustrated.

The key is based on the Flora Novae Angliae (Haines 2011).

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