Most of the pictures were taken in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Many pictures were taken in Colorado's Lory State Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Some were taken on trips to the southwest and Pacific northwest and some states in the east. (Everyone should see the wonderful variety of trilliums in southern Tennessee.)
There are several ways to access pictures of flowers: by common name, genus, family, color, and location. If you know a common name of a flower scroll over 'Search by' and then click on 'common name.' Or you might use the flower's color to find more information about a flower. Scroll over 'Search by' and then scroll over 'color' and then click on one of the color choices that is provided. Some pictures of flowers are also grouped by location. So, for example, to see pictures of flowers taken at Big Bend National Park go to 'search' and then to 'location' and then to 'Texas' and then click on 'Big Bend National Park.'
All of the common family names that are listed that begin with 'A' are found by scrolling over 'A' (to the right of 'Search by' at the top of the page). When you scroll over 'Acanthus' you can click on it and see members of the Acanthus family.
When you scroll over 'Cactus' (after scrolling over 'C') names such as 'Coryphantha' will appear to the right of it. When you click on 'Coryphantha' you will see flowers in the Coryphantha genus.
If you click on words that are highlighted you'll access a link. If you click on a 'red and pink' under a flower picture you will see pictures of red and pink flowers in one of the following six categories: i) shrubs, vines, trees, cacti, ocotillo agave, parasites, aquatics; ii) elongated clusters; iii) rounded clusters; iv) odd-shaped flowers; v) simple-shaped flowers; and vi) daisy- and dandelion-like flowers. Pictures of flowers of other colors are put in several different categories.
The Aster family, given its size, is divided into four sub-families that are determined by considering ray and disk flowers -- members of Aster subfamily 1 have no disk flowers, members of Aster subfamily 2 have disk flowers and non-yellow ray flowers, members of Aster subfamily 3 have disk flowers and yellow ray flowers, and members of Aster subfamily 4 have no ray flowers. I am using Janet Wingate's good method of determining Aster's subfamilies. (Given the size of Aster subfamily 3, it is divided into four groups.) The Mustard family, due to its size, is divided into two groups..
Standard conventions are followed when listing a genus and a species. When the genus name and species name are listed together the genus name is first and capitalized and the species name is not capitalized.
The relationship among a family, a genus of the family, and a species of a genus in the family is just like the relationship among a state, a county of the state, and a city in a county of the state.
The illustrated glossary is found after "A ... Z" at the top of this page.
These books have been useful to me:
Flora of Colorado, Jennifer Ackerfield
Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope, 4th ed., William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
Colorado Flora; Western Slope, 4th ed., William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann
Rocky Mountain Flora, ed. 2, James Ells
Rocky Mountain Flower Finder, Janet L. Wingate
Alpine Flower Finder, by Janet L. Wingate and Loraine Yeatts
Guide to Wildflowers, vols 1 and 2, by G. K. Guennel
Wildflowers of Wyoming, by Diantha States and Jack States
Wildflowers of Montana, by Donald Anthony Schiemann
Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge, by Russ Jolley
Flora Neomexicana III, by Kelly W. Allred and Robert D. Ivey
Spring Wildflowers of New Mexico, William C. Martin and Charles R. Hutchins
Fall Wildflowers of New Mexico, William C. Martin and Charles R. Hutchins
Sonoran Desert Wildflowers, by Richard Spellenberg
Plants of Arizona, by Anne Orth Epple
Wildflowers of the United States: The Southwestern States, by Harold William Rickett
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, by Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson
Great Basin Wildflowers, by Laird R. Blackwell
Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians, by Dennis Horn et al.
A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and Northcentral North America, by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
Wildflowers of Arkansas, by Carl G. Hunter
Wildflowers of Texas, by Geyata Ajilvsgi
Northern Chihuahuan Desert Wildflowers, by Steve West
Little Big Bend, by Roy Morey
Cacti of Texas, by A. Michael Powell, James F. Weedin, and Shirley A. Powell
Mojave Desert Wildflowers, by Pam MacKay
Introduction to California Desert Wildflowers, by Philip A. Munz
Grasses of Colorado, by Robert B. Shaw
Plant Identification and Terminology: an Illustrated Glossary, by James G. and Melinda Woolf Harris
Canyon Country Wildflowers, by Damian Fagan
Sandstone Country Wildflowers, by Anne Duri and Dave Montgomery
Sagebrush Country, by Ronald J. Taylor
These websites have lots of good pictures of wildflowers:
This website is used to find scientific names for families and their genera: http://bonap.net/TDC
This website is used to find common names for flowers: plants.usda.gov
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