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The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

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narrowleaf silkgrass
Pityopsis graminifolia (Michx.) Nutt.

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Spotlights

 PLANTS has new maps
Plants is trying out a new, more modern mapping system. Our new system allows users to scroll side to side and zoom in and out. At higher scale zoom levels users can see county-level data.
 2014 National Wetland Plant List
The wetland indicator status ratings from the 2014 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) are now on our species profile pages and are fully searchable.
 Redesigned profile pages: Tabs
PLANTS has redesigned its profile pages for species and genera, now presented in tabs instead of across one large page. Your feedback has helped us improve our new design, and we welcome your additional input.
 Pocket Guide to Sagebrush
Funded partly by NRCS, a new guide to sagebrush is available. Written by Leila Shultz and produced by SageSTEP, this guide covers the characteristics, distribution, and habitats of 18 sagebrush species.
 Common Weeds in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
A bilingual guide to the common weeds of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is now available from the USDA NRCS. It is useful not only in the Caribbean region but also in tropical to warm temperate areas throughout the Americas and beyond.
 Cover Crops
Cover crops are a diverse group of plants that can be used on farmland for soil protection and health. We now offer a sortable list, linking to profile pages, of over 70 species used for cover crops in North America.
 PLANTS recommended as a GIS standard.
A recently published article has recommended using the PLANTS database as a standard to make GIS forestry databases more mutually compatible. Clark, T. 2011. Standardizing species codes using the NRCS PLANTS database. The Forestry Source 16: 14--16.
 NRCS Pollinator References and documents
See NRCS pollinator-related literature and documentation, including Technical Note TN.190.B.78 - Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation.

Last Modified: 09/22/2014

 
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