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Identify seeds

A website devoted entirely to seeds!
WELCOME to my webpages about seeds – collecting seeds, storing seeds, sowing seeds, germinating seeds
and exchanging seeds, with pictures of seeds, seedpods and seedlings (and a bit of botany!)

Seeds and Seed Pods – If you want to collect your own seeds, but aren’t sure what the seed or seedpod looks like, or if you have seeds without a name, hopefully this section will help you identify them. Life-size pictures of 1000 seeds in alphabetical order of their Latin name, 950 seeds sorted by size and shape, and close-up images of 900 seeds to show more detail. Photographs of 500 seedpods (sorted by alphabetical order of Latin name or according to the Plant Family they belong to) so you can recognise those too.

Seed Harvesting – A light-hearted look at seed collecting, which will tell you all you need to collect, dry and store seeds from the plants in your garden. Also includes answers to some Frequently Asked Questions to help ensure your seeds are ripe, healthy and viable, and several designs for seed envelopes to put them in.

Seed Sowing – General information about how, when and where to sow seeds by several different methods. Explains the reasons you might want to use winter sowing, and suggests plants you can start this way. Includes a photo guide to seed sowing and pricking out.

Germination – A Seed Germination Database – A table showing the results of sowing over 2000 batches of seeds of almost 1700 species, by several different methods, at different times of the year.

Seedling Images – Photos of 800 seedlings in alphabetical order of their Latin name, or sorted according to the shape of the first true leaves, with their Latin and common names, to make it easier to identify the plantsthat come up in your garden, or to show you what should come up from the seeds you sow. Includes some FAQs about seedlings.

Database – bringing together the information from the other sections, with Latin names, Plant Family, English common name, Germination information, photographs of Seedpod, Seed and Seedling, for over 600 plants.

Plant Profiles – 200 pages with photos and descriptions of 50 favourite annuals, 50 favourite perennials, 50 alpine and rockery plants, and 50 British Wildflowers (and some common British butterflies). Includes a large photo, botanical classification, and the photographs of seedpod, seeds and seedlings from the other sections.

Now also includes templates for making mini-cards to help identify 48 common British wildflowers.

Plant Index – All the plants covered in these pages, listed by botanical name or common name, linked to the relevant page so you can go straight to the information you want. Also has a Search Box, in case you can’t! Or you can use the common names index to check the botanical names of your plants.

A Bit of Botany – Some technical bits – gardening and botanical terms, including types of fruits, diagram of a flower, classification of plants (including information on the new APG III system), meaning of Latin names, botanical names for common plants, an Introduction to Plant Families, pests, weeds, leaf shapes, flower shapes and more, with explanatory photos, charts and diagrams.

Information for Teachers – A page of links to some topics on The Seed Site that might be useful for the National Curriculum Key Stages in Science.

The Junior Seed Site – A shorter and simpler version of The Seed Site especially for younger gardeners, with hints on choosing plants, sowing seeds, recognising your seedlings and collecting your own seeds, and some templates for seed envelopes to colour in.

I hope you find these pages helpful. Once again, here are all the sections on the site:

I’d like to think everything on these pages is right, but I’m only a gardener, and have no botanical qualifications or experience.
If you find any errors, please let me know.

If you can’t see what you’re looking for listed above, you can search the site here:

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NEW WEBSITE FOR SEED IDENTIFICATION

NEW WEBSITE FOR SEED IDENTIFICATION

A website https://www.idseed.org/ has recently been launched by the International Seed Morphology Association to “promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, resource development, and research…” and “…to be a scientific source of seed morphology knowledge and expertise, publishing interactive digital identification tools and establishing a seed identification database for weeds, economically important plant species and wild plant species”.

With a particular emphasis on providing assistance to biosecurity and quarantine agencies, concerned with preventing the introduction of invasive weeds, the site provides information on various resources, including a Seed Identification Guide (https://www.idseed.org/seedidguide/home.html), currently consisting of seed identification fact sheets for 127 species, a searchable image gallery, botany glossary, and Lucid seed identification keys with links to two online keys.

The website also provides resources for authors who are interested in developing and publishing seed identification factsheets or images, including protocols, template and standard feature descriptions. See more at https://www.idseed.org/authors.html. We welcome authors and collaborators to enrich the resources and the Seed Identification Guide for end users.

Both seed keys are Lucid keys: one key is to 36 common plant families, where a family identification is needed for an unknown seed or fruit. The following feature descriptors are used: Seed shape, Colour, Surface features, Hilum-Attachment scar, Size (Length/Diameter range).

The other key is to the propagules or fruits of 102 biosecurity-relevant species of the daisy or sunflower family Asteraceae. It was produced by CSIRO scientist Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn at the Australian National Herbarium (CANB) in collaboration with and through funding from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

NEW WEBSITE FOR SEED IDENTIFICATION A website https://www.idseed.org/ has recently been launched by the International Seed Morphology Association to “promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, resource development, and research…” and “…to be a scientific source of seed morphology knowledge and expertise, publishing interactive digital identification tools and establishing a seed identification database for weeds, economically important plant…