Identifying Unknown Plants/Mushrooms

Proper identification of plants is the hardest skill beginner foragers need to develop. Luckily there are all sorts of resources available to help you figure out what plant you've found. Below are websites, apps, and books that I've found particularly useful over the years when trying to figure out a new plant. Mushroom identification help is at the bottom of the page.

You can actually post pictures of your plant on the Facebook pages but it helps if you've done some preliminary research on what it might be. Asking "Is this a...?" will get you a water response than "What is this?". Multiple, CLEAR, pictures of leaves, flowers, fruit, etc along with information about the location and environment in which it was found helps tremendously.


Weeds Websites
Weed Alert
Weed ID
Preen Weed ID
Weeds Apps
Apple ID Weeds
Google ID Weeds
Different Weed ID App
Monsanto Weed ID
Weeds Books
Weeds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
Brush and Weeds of Texas Rangelands

Vines Websites
Vines of Central Texas (pdf file)
Vines Books
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the Texas Hill Country (Jan Wrede)

Wildflower Websites
Texas Wildflower Pictures
UT Wildflowers Guide
Aggie Hort Wildflowers Guide
Wildflower Apps
East Texas Wildflowers (also available as Apple app)
West Texas Wildflowers (also available as Apple app)
Wildflower Books
Wildflowers of Texas (Geyata Ajilvsgi)

Trees Websites
Texas Trees Identification
Arbor Day Foundation Tree Identification
Tree Apps
Tree App
Tree Books
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the Texas Hill Country (Jan Wrede)
Trees of East Texas (Robert Vines)

Freshwater Plant Websites
A&M Aquaplant
Freshwater Plant Books
Weeds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)

Coastal Plant Websites
Gulf Coast Plants
Coastal Plant Books
Marine Plants of the Texas Coast (Roy Lehman)

West Texas Plant Websites
Trans-Pecos Plants

Mushrooms Websites
Mushroom Expert
Texas Mushroom ID Facebook
Mushroom Apps
Roger's Mushrooms
Mushroom Books
100 Edible Mushrooms (Michael Kuo)
Texas Mushrooms
North American Mushrooms

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