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The Plants is a global, multimedia library of productive plants species.

The Plants

a library of productive plant species and their descriptive components

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The PDFS and other files where taken from a wife variety of sources. You can browse all the document sources here or find it in each document, which is linked to its source/author.

The Plant Wiki tracks a set of descriptive components for each species.

These are as follows:

The plant wiki is indexed by Botanical name, a unique identifier. This represents the scientific or Latin name of plant made up of genus and species; sometimes accompanied by a subspecies and/or varietal name. There may be one or more synonyms for botanical name. The Plant List is a comprehensive resource.

Entries in the wiki may have multiple common names listed. This refers to local names used to identify plants in various cultures.

This is a live link to Wikipedia. If the plant species is found there, the entry will show a description of plant species and a link to its Wikipedia entry.

One or more multimedia documents are attached here with a link to each document, which reside in our electronic document library. These are available for viewing.

The plant species are listed alphabetically and categorized by genus. Each plant species is typically assigned to one Genus category. Exceptions may apply when synonyms for Botanical name exist.

Plants in the wiki may be tagged with any number of identifiers. Some of these will include:

  • Plant Type (tree, shrub, vine, etc.)
  • Duration (perennial, annual, etc.)
  • Yield types (food, fiber, fuel, feed, farmaceuticals)
  • And other summary useful plant pattern descriptors.

There are several ways to navigate the plant wiki:

  • Perform a search
  • Select a letter of the alphabet
  • Select a genus

The plant wiki includes thousands of productive plant species: Many edible and many are useful to produce fuel, fiber, feed and ‘farmaceuticals’.

The Plants will prove indispensable as we strive to rebuild circular economies for primary production of our basic needs.

We can and must create a new culture around productive plants by regenerating our skillsets on how to grow, use and care for them.

Perennial plants live more than one season. These include perennial-like plants and self-seeding annuals.

Perennial plants:

  • require less work, fewer inputs and avoids tilling, which preserves soil structure
  • have extensive root systems that regenerate living soil, which holds more nutrients, minerals, beneficial microorganisms and water
  • can withstand extreme weather, serve to sequester carbon and stabilize slopes

Perennial food crops, in particular, are high in proteins, fats and carbohydrates; are not destroyed by harvesting and yield for multiple years.

The plant wiki includes a huge diversity of plants from all parts of the world.

Information is stored in PDF documents and other types of files and varies depending on the source.

Information types include identity and physical description, historical and geographical data, how to grow & propagate, the plant culture, uses, recipes, and so much more.

The wiki supports the Foodscape Tool that makes it easy to plan foodscapes in any situation, particularly in underutilized spaces in the public realm.

This is how it works:

The foodscape templates and the Species Index are used to generate appropriate plan assemblies. Templates are pre-configured foodscape patterns that are customizable and can be used in multiple contexts in our landscapes.

The plant wiki is cross-referenced and linked the species index. The suggested plants for the foodscape are linked to the wiki and the user can learn more about them before or after selecting them for the particular foodscape.

The wiki provides thousands of entries in PDF and other multimedia formats that provides the user a wealth of information on plants in this Index and so many more.

There are far more plant species in the wiki, than in the Species Index. As we expand the species index, we will continually pull information from the wiki to construct plant profiles that can be used to generate foodscapes.

One of our project’s objectives is to stimulate a new culture around productive plants by regenerating our skillsets on how to use and care for them.