Tutorial

This website is intended to help identify plants found in conservation areas of Florida’s Treasure Coast (Martin, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties).  The identification is based on the:

1. Type or form of the plant

2.  Leaf arrangement

3.  Petal color

4.  Number of petals

This should result in one or multiple choices and the choice(s) contain a hyperlink which opens one or more images of the plant in a separate tab.

(If you have trouble navigating through the instructions, use the contact form and leave me a phone number.  I will give you a call and try to assist you.)

The identification website is TCplants.org   Bookmarking this site is suggested in order to quickly return to the main home page.

There is a home page for Treasure Coast Plants (the main home page) as well as home pages for each of the other plant types.  The name of the plant type is in green at the top left of each page.

On the Treasure Coast Plants Home page, select the form of the plant and click on the hyperlink to continue. (Figure 1)

Figure 1

Figure 1

This will open the Home page of the plant form selected.  Some Home pages, such as Air Plants and Ferns, will simply contain a list of the plants and hyperlinks to their images. (Figure 2)  The images will open in their own tab.

Figure 2

Figure 2

On some Home pages, such as Trees and Shrubs, select the leaf arrangement (alternate, opposite, compound, other) (Figure 3)

Figure 3

Figure 3

This will open a page which is sorted by form (shrub or tree), number of petals, and petal color.  It contains hyperlinks to images which open in their own tab.  (Figure 4)

Figure 4

Figure 4

On the Wildflower Home page select the flower petal color. (Figure 5)

Figure 5

Figure 5

This will open a page which is sorted by the number of petals, and then the leaf arrangement.  It contains hyperlinks to images which open in their own tab.  (Figure 6)

Figure 6

Figure 6

NOTE

Except for the grasses, this guide will only help to narrow the range of possible species.  It is necessary to consult “The Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida” by Richard Wunderlin and Bruce Hansen to ensure correct taxa identification.

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