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This page is maintained 
by Dr. Lena Struwe 
(e-mail), and hosted by
Rutgers University


updated: 01/19/11 

Useful WWW-links for Gentianaceae


Gentian web-sites

Cercle Européen d'Etude des Gentianacées (CEEG), Lausanne, Switzerland


General botanical information

Botanical Society of America (BSA), Botany WWW sites: (links to many good sites)

American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT)

Botany and Plant Systematics Research Guide, Rutgers University Libraries, USA (many links)

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA (classification, description of plant families, phylogeny, information on Gentianaceae)

The Neotropical Botany Pages

Diversity of Life, Plants (information and links to many topics, educational)

UC Berkeley, Botany links, Introduction to plants, Systematics of plants

The Families of Flowering Plants, L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz (1992 onwards): Descriptions, Illustrations, Identification, and Information Retrieval: Gentianaceae (descriptions, with a few illustrations)

Flowering Plant Gateway, Texas A & M University (TAMU, USA): Gentianaceae (many links, classification)

Glossary of Botany and Paleobotany, Enchanted Learning (for kids, very good information about many science areas)

The HortiPlex Plant Database, The GardenWeb: Gentianaceae

Life, M. Savela: Gentianaceae (common names in several languages, outdated classification)

NCBI, National Center for Biotechnology Information, GENBANK: Gentianaceae (DNA sequences)

Plants Database, ITIS - Integrated Taxonomic Information system, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, USA): Gentianaceae (for species - illustrations, maps for United States distribution, wetland indicator status, common names)

Plant Systematics Collection, Univ. of Wisconsin, USA: Gentianaceae (descriptions, photos)

Sinauer Press, Illustrated glossary

W3Tropicos, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA (large taxonomic database, includes images)


Systematics, taxonomy, nomenclature

California Plant Names, Meanings and derivations: Botanical terms [glossary], Meaning of Latin Names, Nomenclature [excellent website with a great glossary, not only about California plants]

Indices Nominum Supragenericorum Plantarum Vascularium, J. Reveal, University of Maryland, Suprageneric names described in Gentianaceae [search engine for information about species from many resources, including publications, GENBANK, and web-based image searches]



Rock Garden Plant Database: Gentianaceae  (descriptions, distribution, cultivation, propagation, photos) (garden plant information, encyclopedia of common and Latin names, terminology) Gentianaceae (images)


Geographic regions

Flora of Thailand: Gentianaceae (list of local species)

Flora of China: Gentianaceae (on-line flora, keys, descriptions)

Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, University of South Florida (USA): Gentianaceae (common names, nomenclature, maps over Florida distribution, images)

Base de Datos del Inventario de Biodiversidad (Atta), Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica (in Spanish): Gentianaceae (on-line database)

Biodiversity Explorer, Museums On-Line South Africa: Gentianaceae (images, information)

Den virtuella floran, Natural History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden: Gentianaceae (descriptions, illustrations, in Swedish)

Idaho Mountain Wildflowers: Gentianaceae (USA, with photos)

Manual de Flora de Costa Rica: Gentianaceae

Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares de la Argentina: Gentianaceae (checklist of native species, distribution)

Digital Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Utah, Utah State University: Gentianaceae (distribution maps)

PLANTS, database of North American plants, from USDA (USA) - maps, taxonomy, images


For medicinal and other ethnobotanical links, see the ethnobotanical pages.



Botany Photos: Gentianaceae (photos by Maarten Christenhusz)

Fleurs de montagnes: Gentianaceae (on-line photos of alpine gentians by Christian Bravard)

Flora Cyberia: Gentianaceae (photos of European gentians)

Gentianaceae in Madagascar, Missouri Botanic Garden, USA: (photos, linked to W3TROPICOS database)

PLANTS, database of North American plants, from USDA (USA) - maps, taxonomy, images

The Virtual Field Guide, BioImages (United Kingdom): Gentianaceae (photos)

Thomas Schoepke Plant Image Gallery: Gentianaceae (lots of photos)

Vascular Plant Families, G. D. Carr, University of Hawaii at Manoa: Gentianaceae (photos)

Vascular Plant Image Gallery, Digital Flora of Texas, TAMU: Gentianaceae


Herbarium material of Gentianaceae

Type specimens of the Gentianaceae in the Herbarium of the Martin-Luther-University Halle Wittenberg (HAL): (list of types and other material)

Type Herbarium at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG, USA): Gentianaceae (herbarium types of many different species, digital images)

Intermountain Flora: Gentianaceae (herbarium specimens at The New York Botanical Garden)


Various other links

Blue Gentians by C. S. Raddin (article, history, ethnobotany, US species)

Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature by Mark Isaac (lists of Latin names with unusual or funny derivations)


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