From fungi and algae to trees and tree genetics, these glossaries have been carefully selected to cover most terms in the field of botany. The detailed descriptions will help you choose the glossary you need.
Shields Gardens – A glossary on plant biology. Due to its very large number of words, it is very likely that you will find here what you are searching for.
TECHNO TREE BIOLOGY DICTIONARY – A great glossary of tree-related terminology, with photos that will help you understand the terms better.
Fungi Online – If you are looking for a term strictly related to fungi, then this is definitely the right resource for you.
Wikipedia – This is a glossary of botanical terms provided by Wikipedia (therefore, you can expect brief definitions and cross-reference links if you want to gain a deeper understanding of certain terms).
FloraBase – Another great resource when it comes to botany terminology. Although the explanations given are short, they are fairly easy to understand.
Enchanted Learning – On this website, you can expect to find a rather small number of terms connected to botany. However, the explanations are very easy to understand and you will find cross-reference links where necessary.
Plant phytography – When you are not looking for written explanations, but for pictures, this is a great resource when it comes to general botany terminology. Great, high-quality pictures that deserve your attention even if you are not searching for something in particular!
Missouri Botanical Garden – This glossary will be fairly easy to use even if you are not a botany professional. From time to time, explanations will seem difficult to understand, but the cross-reference links will help a lot!
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens – You cannot speak of botany and not think of the Kew Botanic Gardens, the best place to see the most amazing plants and breathe lots of fresh air. More than that, they have also put together a glossary of botany terms. While the definitions are packed with industry jargon, some of them are accompanied by drawings that are designed to help.
Botany – This site is entirely focused on botany and its glossary may prove useful if you are searching for rather general terminology related to this field of biology.
Field botany – This is a short yet comprehensive illustrated glossary of botany-related terms. The terms are not organized in an alphabetical order, but in a step-by-step way (starting with the leaf and its morphology and going up from it).
Botanical-online – This is a general botany glossary, so you should not expect finding very specific words here. However, the best part about it is the fact that the explanations are very clear and concise: in between the brackets you will be able to find a very short, maximum 5-word explanation and outside of the brackets you will find a more extended definition of the term.
Go botany – A botany glossary with a large number of words explained briefly and in an easy-to-understand way. Furthermore, pictures are available for each term.
MBARI (The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute ) – This glossary is centred mainly around marine botany and algae.
University of Rhode Island – In this glossary you can find terms connected to the way plants are structured (starting with the cell and going up to the wood and bark)
Northern Arizona University – If you are searching for terms strictly connected to plant classification (including the classification of different parts of a plant), then this will be a very good resource. Furthermore, when necessary, images are included as well.
Biology Nation – A botany glossary with a large number of words and comprehensive explanations.
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research 1 – As the headline of this webpage mentions, this is a short botanical glossary. However, the ‘short’ part of its description does not refer to the number of words, but to the fact that the definitions given are as minimal as possible.
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research 2 – This page is very similar to the previously-mentioned one, but it focuses mostly on the flora in the New South Wales area.
University of Florida – Another glossary of botanical terminology. This time though, it is centred on aquatic, wetland and invasive plants.
State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry – This website is a great resource when it comes to terminology connected to trees and tree genetics.
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research – This page of the official Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research website contains a list of terms related to Australian lichens.
Danida Forest Seed Centre – A PDF containing terms related to seed and seed technology. The best parts about it are the fact that there are a lot of terms included in the list and the fact that you can save the file and use it offline as well.
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