Plant Databases

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database: The late Dr Jim Duke’s most helpful database of chemical constituents in plants.

PubMed: Important resource from the National Library of Medicine and NIH.  Database includes peer-reviewed scientific journal articles on all subjects, including plant and mushroom research. 

HerbMed: An interactive electronic herbal database with free access to 20 top herbs.  Professional database for sale; short term paid access also available to the “pro” database ($9.95 for 48 hours access)

PLANTS Database: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. One of few remaining plant-based government sites, tons of information.

The Biota of North America Program: Out of Chapel Hill, NC  houses 4 different plant databases.

NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Tons of information on alternative options in health.  Numerous useful topics like safety and side effects of herbs and how to find a practitioner.

Missouri Botanical Gardens: A leading educator on plants.  Topics include a plant finder for more than 7500 plants that have all grown at their garden, landscape design, edible gardening and sustainable gardening.  A visit to MO Botanical garden is on my bucket list!

Tropicos: An extensive electronic plant database containing more than 4.4 Million specimen records.

The Plant List: A working list of all plant species.  Project is a collaboration between MO Botanical Garden, Kew Garden, and Royal Botanic Garden.

USDA National Agricultural Library: The Catalog provides citations to agricultural literature.

Ohlone Herbal Center: Collection of scholarly articles.

Open Access Journals: Advanced searching for scientists or serious herb nerds.  This is a database of scientific journals including related subjects such as Food and Nutrition, Biochemistry, Immunology and Microbiology, and Plant Sciences.