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      This Plant Families Photo Gallery is designed to assist anyone who knows their plant families, especially those who are using my book Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification. Learn the patterns of the families and it is easy to sort through the pictures to find a match. Botany in a Day is based on the plant families of North America, yet is widely used all over the world. This photo gallery currently includes flowers mostly from the Rocky Mountains, plus some from the west coast and desert southwest. We'll keep adding pictures as we take them.

     Please send me a note through our E-mail Contact Page if you find any mistakes. Thanks for helping out! Note that the families listed below are based largely on Cronquist classification, used in the black and white editions of Botany in a Day. It will take some time to update these pages to match the APG system used in the new, color edition of Botany in a Day.

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Plant Families by Botanical Names

Plant Families by Common Names

  • Aceraceae
  • Adoxaceae
  • Aizoaceae
  • Anacardiaceae
  • Apiaceae
  • Apocynaceae
  • Araliaceae
  • Arecaceae
  • Aristolochiaceae
  • Asclepiadaceae
  • Asteraceae
  • Berberidaceae
  • Betulaceae
  • Boraginaceae
  • Brassicaceae
  • Cactaceae
  • Campanulaceae
  • Cannabaceae
  • Caprifoliaceae
  • Caryophyllaceae
  • Chenopodiaceae
  • Cleomaceae
  • Commelinaceae
  • Convolvulaceae
  • Cornaceae
  • Crassulaceae
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Cupressaceae
  • Cyperaceae
  • Dipsacaceae
  • Elaeagnaceae
  • Ephedraceae
  • Equisetaceae
  • Ericaceae
  • Euphorbiaceae
  • Fabaceae
  • Fagaceae
  • Fumariaceae
  • Garryaceae
  • Gentianaceae
  • Geraniaceae
  • Grossulariaceae
  • Hippuridaceae
  • Hydrangeaceae
  • Hydrophyllaceae
  • Hypericaceae
  • Iridaceae
  • Juglandaceae
  • Juncaginaceae
  • Lamiaceae
  • Liliaceae
  • Linaceae
  • Loasaceae
  • Lythraceae
  • Malvaceae
  • Monotropaceae
  • Montiaceae
  • Musaceae
  • Nyctaginaceae
  • Nymphaeaceae
  • Oleaceae
  • Onagraceae
  • Orchidaceae
  • Orobanchaceae
  • Oxalidaceae
  • Papaveraceae
  • Pinaceae
  • Plantaginaceae
  • Poaceae
  • Polemoniaceae
  • Polygonaceae
  • Portulacaceae
  • Primulaceae
  • Pyrolaceae
  • Ranunculaceae
  • Rhamnaceae
  • Rosaceae
  • Rubiaceae
  • Rutaceae
  • Salicaceae
  • Santalaceae
  • Sarraceniaceae
  • Saxifragaceae
  • Scrophulariaceae
  • Simmondsiaceae
  • Solanaceae
  • Sparganiaceae
  • Tamaricaceae
  • Taxodiaceae
  • Ulmaceae
  • Urticaceae
  • Valerianaceae
  • Verbenaceae
  • Violaceae
  • Viscaceae
  • Vitaceae
  • Zygophyllaceae
  • Adoxa Family
  • Arrow Grass Family
  • Aster/Sunflower Family
  • Bald Cypress Family
  • Banana Family
  • Barberry Family
  • Beech Family
  • Beeplant Family
  • Birch Family
  • Borage Family
  • Broomrape Family
  • Buckthorn Family
  • Buckwheat Family
  • Bur-Reed Family
  • Buttercup Family
  • Cactus Family
  • Caltrop Family
  • Carpetweed Family
  • Cashew or Sumac Family
  • Citrus Family
  • Cypress or Cedar Family
  • Dogbane Family
  • Dogwood Family
  • Dutchman's Pipe Family
  • Elm Family
  • Ephedra Family
  • Evening Primrose Family
  • Figwort Family
  • Flax Family
  • Four O'clock Family
  • Fumitory Family
  • Gensing Family
  • Gentian Family
  • Geranium Family
  • Gooseberry Family
  • Goosefoot Family
  • Gourd Family
  • Grape Family
  • Grass Family
  • Harebell Family
  • Heath Family
  • Hemp Family
  • Honeysuckle Family
  • Horsetail Family
  • Hydrangea Family
  • Indian Pipe
  • Iris Family
  • Jojoba Family
  • Lily Family
  • Loasa Family
  • Loosestrife Family
  • Madder Family
  • Mallow Family
  • Maple Family
  • Mare's Tail Family
  • Milkweed Family
  • Miner's Lettuce Family
  • Mint Family
  • Mistletoe Family
  • Morning Glory Family
  • Mustard Family
  • Nightshade Family
  • Oleaster Family
  • Olive Family
  • Orchid Family
  • Palm Family
  • Parsley/Carrot Family
  • Pea Family
  • Phlox Family
  • Pine Family
  • Pink Family
  • Pitcher Plant Family
  • Plantain Family
  • Poppy Family
  • Primrose Family
  • Purslane Family
  • Pyrola Family
  • Rose Family
  • Sandalwood Family
  • Saxifrage Family
  • Sedge Family
  • Silk-Tassel Family
  • Spiderwort Family
  • Spurge Family
  • St Johnswort Family
  • Stinging Nettle Family
  • Stonecrop Family
  • Tamarisk Family
  • Teasel Family
  • Valerian Family
  • Verbena Family
  • Violet Family
  • Walnut Family
  • Waterleaf Family
  • Water Lily Family
  • Willow Family
  • Wood Sorrel Family


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