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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!

Search by:

  • 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!

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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:

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.

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    GREENTHUMB LEVEL ›››››› A virtual hug or high-five from me or from the plant of your choice... except a cactus. They give bad hugs. Also, you'll get progress updates. Follow along and see where all the effort is going!

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    GARDENER'S LEVEL ›››››› You'll have an automatic one-year full access to members-only content on the website. Now we're talkin'! And you can send me suggestions for search functions you'd like to see included ( includes all lower rewards )

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    OUTDOORSMAN LEVEL ›››››› Increase your online membership to Two Years of members-only level access -- and advanced search features. Much more powerful tools for finding that plant! ( includes all lower rewards )

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    OUTDOORSMAN PLUS ›››››› The same as $25 ... but for this level and up, NO pesky ads!

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    NATURALIST'S LEVEL ›››››› Now you're up to Three Years' access, and a hand-illustrated personal thank you card from me! ( includes all lower rewards )

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    HORTICULTURALIST'S LEVEL ›››››› With this level of generosity, you'll unlock four years of access to the most advanced pro-level features! ... and you can submit story considerations for the news section!

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    BOTANIST'S LEVEL ›››››› Along with Five year access, you will get to choose what I film! I will produce a 5 to 10-minute informational video about the plant species of your choosing (In the continental U.S). I'll name you in the video as producer... Don't fret -- If somebody else chose that plant, you can pick another! ( includes all lower rewards )

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    SPECIALIST'S LEVEL ›››››› Wow!!! For somebody this generous, I'll plant a tree in your name -- I'll even include your name on a little concrete marker, so you know I wasn't kidding. Then I'll put out a camp fire and kiss Smokey the Bear -- on his fuzzy bear lips. .... Am I going to regret this? If I get enough donations, I'll have to plant a whole forest and french kiss the bear for an hour! ( includes all lower rewards )

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    ARBORETUM LEVEL ›››››› First, I'll dance around like a crazed lunatic because somebody believed in me enough to give a thousand bucks, You'll get a lifetime "Institution Access" with the ability to post edits (pending approval) And you'll get to choose a second plant for me to make an informational video about. I'll let you provide the voice-over too, if you want. (and I'll plant a larger tree for you - something that deer won't bother! ) ( includes all lower rewards )

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    COLLABORATOR'S LEVEL ›››››› For this much, I will engage in a detailed discussion with you (in person or video chat) about your ideas to better the project in the future. We will also collaborate on one search function tailored to your needs. And I will paint/illustrate the plant of your choice for you! (36" x 12" canvas) ( includes all lower rewards )

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