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Online resources of interest to the tropical plant reforestation and restoration communities.
Plants Database

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. Search for plant information using its common or scientific name. The profile for each species includes identifying characteristics, images, distribution, habitat, wildlife/ethnobotany uses, propagation protocols, references, and links.

Specialty Crops for Pacific Island Agroforestry

Specialty crops provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their crops and who are willing to innovate their production methods, post-harvest processing, and marketing. This project promotes high quality food, fiber, and healthcare crops grown in diverse agroforestry systems to provide family farms both subsistence and commercial opportunities.

Traditional Tree Initiative

This is a useful reference for identifying, propagating, harvesting, and developing natural and useful vegetative communities for trees in the Pacific Islands. It is widely applicable and the text is richly illustrated with hundreds of quality photographs.


Treesearch is an online system for accessing publications by research and development scientists in the USDA Forest Service. There are more than 50,000 publications in Treesearch making it the largest freely available collection of online forestry research in the world.