Sources of information and databases

BGCI Plant Search

Locate rare and threatened plant species in cultivation around the world using BGCI’s unique PlantSearch database. The database is compiled from lists of living collections submitted to BGCI by the world’s botanic gardens


This page was established to bring together information and advice on field-based research. It is a Wikipedia style page, meaning that anybody can register to update, add or pose questions about Botanical field work.
The Ethical Responsibilities and Legislation for Field Research has been set up so that contributors can post information about national regulations on Collection and export. To date this only comprises Nepal, but will be a useful resource if others start contributing

Harvard University Herbaria Databases

Provides access to databases of plant names (including IPNI), Botanists, Collectors, Authors, Publications and Specimens.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh online databases

Several databases provided by RBGE can be accessed from this page. They include the database of Flora Europaea, and the RBGE Catalogue of Living Collections.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew online databases

This site provides access to several databases at Kew, including Brummitt’s Vascular Plant Families and Genera, and Brummitt & Powell’s Authors of Plant Names.

Royal Horticultural Society online databases

Details of a range of plants are available from this site. The databases included are RHS Plant Finder Online and The RHS Online Garden Catalogue.

The International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary