Twigzy Plant Database
Twigzy Plant Database
400,000+ plant database: ID plants, gardening searches, botanical news, education resources, videos, community tools, calendar
400,000+ plant database: ID plants, gardening searches, botanical news, education resources, videos, community tools, calendar Read more
About this project
Numerous times I've encountered the lack of public searchable plant info online: when gardening, on numerous backwoods hikes, or seeing the family dog sniffing at a possibly poisonous red-berried plant.
I tried mobile apps. I’ve scoured books. I searched every corner of the Internet. Most resources were limited to regions or just for trees. Often I waited for somebody to look at the uploaded leaf photo and get back to me. I was not happy with how long it took to narrow down results.
So, I'm building the solution: A truly useful plant database, searchable in a hundred ways - both visually and by changeable datasets - in an EASY, USEFUL WAY. Search for plants that work in your garden spot. Determine what that odd plant is on the mountain slope.
How Versatile is it?
Use it to identify that mystery plant on your trail hike. Find that perfect specimen that'll grow best in a difficult corner. Make sure it's non-poisonous to your pet tortoise. Whatever strikes your plant fancy!
location - state, country
environment - desert, pond, forest, etc.
- physical traits - leaf, flower, bark, stem, seed, fruit, etc.
plant type - tree, cactus, grass, bush, herb, etc.
gardening needs - water, shade, PH, zones, etc.
Risks - toxins, poisonous parts, animals at risk, etc.
Edibility - parts edible, culinary uses, etc.
- Medicinal traits
Other uses - lumber, tools, paper pulp, crafts, textiles, etc.
Scientific name - including synonyms (redirected to accepted name)
- Common name - including other languages
- custom searches - buildable in members' area
Nobody's done this?!
Nope. Not the way it should be done: for the masses. Twigzy will be a plant resource that doesn't require extensive knowledge or University credentials. Everyone should be able to find a plant - by it's name, leaf, flower, fruit, seed, traits, habits, location, preferences or uses - even by gardening requirements or by toxins ... anything!
Twigzy is on it's way to becoming the world's most complete plant shape database - useful to the general public, not just scientists. Help us get there faster. With the success of this Kickstarter campaign, we plan to add several search tools, images and more data-sets. There will also be a members' area where you can construct and save your own searches - all this on a faster, dedicated server!
More than a database - an education tool!
Plants are cool! Twigzy aims to remind the world with education materials, videos and other resources of use to classrooms and home gardeners. We can foster a better understanding and respect of our natural world. And this is just the beginning!
Some of the secondary Features Include:
- Botanical dictionary
- Botanical author search
Worldwide Botanical directory
- Generate customized plant lists
- Online forums
- Events Calendar
- Video section
If we can reach our goal, let's stretch to $50,000! If we can get there, I will provide a mobile app for iPhone and Android! And anybody who has given $30 or more will get this app to download for free! Anybody who donates over $50 will get advanced features access in that app - on top of the website's advanced features! I say we can do it!
Risks and challenges
The risk is simply in not doing this. The overhead is extremely low for such an undertaking, once off the ground. But, if I had to do it alone, my hands will curl up and fall off like dead leaves, and my brain might explode from overwhelming data consumption. If that happened, nobody would benefit from Twigzy - the very reason I would like your help.
Competition is extremely low. Other databases are highly technical, regional or limited scope.
Twigzy will stand out from the crowd with a visual, user-friendly interface that no one else has done. I've already begun. With your help, I can and will make sure to deliver a fantastic product.
This project has 'good bones' as the saying goes. It just needs more functionality at a useful level of use to you. I don't want this knowledge to lay buried in books and institutions, away from use by you or me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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