First North Dakota flora checklist since 1963!

We are glad to announce the electronic checklist of North Dakota plant species:

The list is still on draft stage, but already contains information which could be useful for everybody who is interesting in North Dakota plants. Please note that the “search” box works as a filter, and if you type there “Plantago”, you may see not only names, sources and distributions, but also how photographs (and in future, descriptions) may be integrated into the checklist.

The list is based mainly on three herbarium databases (many thanks to Shawn DeKeyser and Kathryn Yurkonis!) and also USDA PLANTS database. The last was especially useful as a source of synonymy and common names. Please note that cultivated and wild plants are not yet well separated. Nevertheless, if we estimate that we have ~ 150 cultivated plant species, state flora is still much more diverse that was previously thought — approximately 1800 species!

Right now we follow the taxonomic concepts represented in USDA database, but in the future we will move towards the species concepts of “Flora of North America” and “Flora of Great Plains”. We also plan to integrate more sources, namely species lists from Master and Ph.D. works developed during 1970s-2000s in NDSU under the supervision of Bill Barker. Previous plant reviews of the state (Stevens, 1963; Bergmann, 1918; Lunell, 1915-1918) will be also integrated.

Note for biodiversity informaticians: internally, the list is based on several plain text tables which are processed into static HTML with R language script on every update. Distribution maps are produced with simple PHP script. Table representation is based on DataTables jQuery JavaScript plugin.

All questions, comments, suggestions or corrections are welcome! Please comment this post or send an e-mail to alexey.shipunov at

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