About SIG

Features of the tool:

  • Seed Identification Guide contains seed images, drawings, seed feature descriptions, similar species comparisons and information on potential growth habitats and contamination sources.
  • Seed Identification Guide provides ID keys, fact sheets, and  glossaries about the common features of species or taxonomic families, and terms used to describe plant species and seeds.  These components assist the users in using the tool and increasing their knowledge and skills in seed identification.
  • Seed Identification Guide also contains a gallery of images and illustrations that serves as a searchable database to facilitate seed identification and to remind users of a seed’s morphological features that can be used for determining its identification.

 

How to Use the Tool

Fact sheets:

The Fact Sheets provide the user with images and descriptive information to aid in seed identification. Each fact sheet contains multiple seed images or drawings, feature descriptions, similar species comparisons and information on potential growth habitats and contamination sources for the plant species in question.

 

ID keys:

The ID Key is interactive and allows the user with an unknown seed in hand to identify it to the family level.  Fact sheets highlighting the common features of the species belonging to a taxonomic family are also available when using the key. These components assist the users in using the tool and increasing their knowledge and skills in seed identification. Future versions will be equipped with additional keys that will identify to the genus and species levels.

 

Gallery:

The Gallery contains hundreds of seed images and illustrations to aid in seed identification. It serves as a searchable database to facilitate seed identification and to remind users of a seed’s morphological features that can be used for determining its identification.

 

Glossary:

The glossary provides definitions of the terms used to describe plant species and seeds encountered throughout the website.