Resource List for Plant Information

The naturalists of the Louisiana State Arboretum and others who have helped compile information for the interpretive signage at the arboretum have shared this list of basic resources for information about plant species and natural habitats:

Louisiana State Arboretum Documents

Listing of plant specimens housed in the Louisiana State Arboretum's Herbarium. All of the plants listed were collected at the Arboretum and most of them before 2006.

Download Herbarium List in PDF format
Download Herbarium List in Excel format

Louisiana State Arboretum Trees and Shrubs Checklist. Pamphlet lists trees and shrubs species that occur at the Louisiana State Arboretum. The list was updated January 2015.

Download Trees and Shrubs Checklist in PDF format


Allen, Charles M. Grasses of Louisiana. Lafayette, La: University of Southwest Louisiana, 1980.

Allen, Charles M., Andrew W. Allen, and Harry W. Winters. Edible Plants of the Gulf South. LA: Allen's Native Ventures, 2005.

Allen, Charles M., Dawn A. Newman, and Harry H. Winters. Trees, shrubs, and woody vines of Louisiana. Pitkin, LA: Allen's Native Ventures, 2002.

Brown, Clair A. Louisiana trees and shrubs. Baton Rouge, La: Claitor, 1945.

Brown, Tom, Jr. Tom Brownís Field Guide to Wilderness Survival. Berkeley Books, New York, 1983.

Caillet, Marie. The Louisiana iris ; the taming of a native American Wildflower. Portland, Or: Timber Press, 2000.

Duncan, Wilbur H., and Marion B. Duncan. Trees of the southeastern United States. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000.

Foster, Steven and James A. Duke. Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Harrar, Ellwood S., and J. George Harrar. Guide to southern trees. 2 ed. New York: Dover Publications, 1962.

Kershner, Bruce. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America. New York: Sterling, 2008. Little, Elbert L., Sonja Bullaty, and Angelo Lomeo. The Audubon Society field guide to North American trees. New York: Knopf distributed by Random House, 1980.

Mader, Eric. Attracting native pollinators : protecting North America's bees and butterflies : the Xerces Society guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub, 2011.

Martin, Alexander C., Herbert S. Zim, and Arnold L. Nelson. American wildlife & plants : a guide to wildlife food habits : the use of trees, shrubs, weeds, and herbs by birds and mammals of the United States. New York: Dover Publications, 1961.

Miller, James H., and Karl V. Miller. Forest plants of the Southeast and their wildlife uses. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005.

Moerman, Daniel E. Native American ethnobotany. Portland, Or: Timber, 1998.

Nelson, Gil. Best native plants for Southern gardens : a handbook for gardeners, homeowners, and professionals. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010.

Sibley, David Allen. The Sibley guide to trees. New York: Knopf, 2009.

Tallamy, Douglas W. Bringing nature home : how native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens. Portland, Or: Timber Press, 2007.

Vidrine, Malcolm F. The Cajun Prairie : a natural history. Eunice, LA: M.F. Vidrine, 2010.

Wasowski, Sally, and Andy Wasowski. Gardening with native plants of the South. Dallas, Tx: Taylor Pub. Co, 1994. 


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: The University of Texas-Austin. Native Plant Database.

Plants for a Future. PFAF Database.


United States Forest Service. US Forest Service.

Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Dendrology at Virginia Tech.