BONAP website, THE single best plant website in all of North America, that you fail to list.

Asked February 18, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

Why do you not include the Biota of North America Program (BONAP) within your list of outstanding plant websites? This is a publicly held website, which has been cited and used by hundred's of thousand's of botanists throughout the world. The Director of BONAP, Dr. John Kartesz, originally from McKeesport Pa. is also the individual responsible for developing the USDA PLANTS database, which you do list! The BONAP database began in 1969 as a vast collection of note cards, now digitized and includes over 6,000,000 US county-level records, more than 350,000 colored photographs, and over 1,500 botanical fields; all fully interactive. That is twice as many photographs, and three times county records as USDA PLANTS, plus hundreds more botanical fields! BONAP has become the gold standard for scores of plant nurseries nationwide, plus all of the State Heritage Programs of NatureServe, most natural resource agencies of the U.S.federal government, most major herberia and other plant repositories throughout North America, plus hundreds of other natural history groups, such as the National Audubon Society. Please take a look at BONAP.org so that you can assess the website for yourself.

Orange County North Carolina

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