Joy's Wild Plants


This website is under construction. Construction began on November 19, 2021.

The Flower and Tree web pages for U.S. plants are ready to view here:

U.S. Plant Finder

The rest are under construction.

Unidentified U.S. Plants


Similar web pages for the Tropical plants of Central America will be added in the days and years to come.  So stay tuned.  You can view the early stages of construction here:

Tropical Plant Finder

Unidentified Tropical Plants


Want to Help ?

There are 2 ways !

  1. Identifty a Plant I've Already Photographed (read this)
  2. Contribute Your Own Text and Photos (read this)



1. Identifty a Plant I've Already Photographed

I have many more photos of plants that I have not identified, than I do of plants that I have identified.  If you could look thru these and let me know what any of them are, that would be a GREAT help.

E-mail me (see below) the plant's "Unknown Plant #", its actual name, and include the Plant ID book name from this list of books and the page number where you found it,

-- and/or --

a link to a Wikipedia entry about this plant.

In the Subject: line, enter ...

"[Unknown U.S. Plant #] identified for JoysWildPlants"
-- or--
"[Unknown Tropical Plant #] identified for JoysWildPlants"

If you would like to be recognized as a contributor, you may also include a photo of yourself with your full name and state/provence/country where you live.  No further details about your location are needed.  Unless you request otherwise, I will list "your-full-name of your-location" as being a contributor.

Send the e-mail to Darrel@JoysWildPlants.com -- only 1 species of plant per e-mail.

Look here (under construction) for photos of these unidentified plants:

Unidentified U.S. Plants

Unidentified Tropical Plants



2. Contribute Your Own Text and Photos

Want to help by contributing text and photos ?

I'm presently in Belize, in Central America, so I can't just dash out to a local forest or to a park in the U.S. or Canada to take some more photos, but if this is something you can do, then here's how you can contribute:

  1. Take 1 or 2 quality photos of the overall plant, minimizing background plants and scenery.  A "quality photo" is one that is sharp (not fuzzy or out of focus) and of adequate size so a person can see the interesting details.
  2. Take 2 or 3 quality close-up photos of the plant's flower from different angles or of different blossoms.
  3. Take 2 or 3 quality close-up photos of the plant's leaves (and leaflets).
  4. Optionally (because of the season), take 1 or 2 closeup photos of any special features such as ...
    • Fruits (whole and cut open to show the seeds inside)
    • Cones
    • Seeds
    • Seed Pods
    • Nuts (hulls, shelled, and unshelled, and the meat inside the shell)
    • Thorns
    • Roots, Tubers, Bulbs, Corms
    • Anything else that is visually "special" about that plant -- like fuzz on older dandelions.
    • You may include "Photo by Your Name" in small text in one of the more obscure corners of each of your photos.  If you didn't do this yourself, I can do it for you.  Do NOTcopy a photo from the internet.  The photos must be yours.
  5. The photos should be 1000 x 750 or 750 x 1000 pixels or larger in size.
  6. Attach the above photos to an e-mail to me (see below).
  7. In the text of the e-mail include as many of the following details about the plant as you can:
    1. As many common names as you can find.
    2. The Latin/Scientific name -- Genus species
    3. The name of the book and page number used to identify the plant.
      Here are the books you should use.
    4. Provide a link to a Wikipedia entry about this plant. If a Wikipedia entry cannot be found, then provide a link to some other reliable website that actually discusses the attributes of this plant -- not just a name dropper.
    5. List the attributes of the flower such as ...
      1. Color(s).
      2. Number of petals.
      3. Shape of the flower.
      4. Shape of the petals.
    6. List other attributes of the plant such as ...
      1. Shape of the leaves.
      2. Whether the leaves are simple or compound.
      3. How the leaves are arranged as described here.
      4. Whether the center of the plant is solid, hollow, or pith.
    7. Optionally list the attributes of its nuts, seeds, seed pods, berries, or fruit.
    8. For trees, a general description of the bark such as ...
      1. Color(s) of the bark.
      2. Is the bark striped or speckled ?
      3. Texture of the bark: smooth, deeply grooved, shaggy, etc.
    9. Optionally include a range map or a text description of where this plant grows.  In particular, note where you took your photos -- at least the state/provence and country.
  8. In the e-mail's Subject: line, enter "[the plant name] for JoysWildPlants"

If you would like to be recognized as a contributor, you may also include a photo of yourself with your full name and state/provence/country where you live.  No further details about your location are needed.  Unless you request otherwise, I will list "your-full-name of your-location" as being a contributor.

Send the e-mail to Darrel@JoysWildPlants.com -- only 1 species of plant per e-mail.


About Joy's Flower, Tree, and Plant Finders

How to Use Joy's Flower Finder

How to Use Joy's Tree Finder

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