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Search help

Simple Search

Currently, you can search using adjectives to describe plant characteristics, or by name or geographical location:


  • Appearance (e.g. small pink flowers)
  • Flower (e.g monoecious; hairy sepals)
  • Fruit (e.g fleshy yellow fruit)
  • Leaf (e.g linear leaves; no leaves)
  • Inflorescence (e.g terminal panicle)
  • Seed (e.g circular seed)
  • Use (e.g medicine)


  • Name
  • Common name
  • Kingdom
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species
  • Author


  • Location

Multiple Search Terms

Typing a search and hitting “enter” allows you to type a second term in the search bar. (For example, a search for “orchidaceae”, “yellow flowers” and “africa” would give a list of all orchids with yellow flowers in Africa.) Individual search terms can be deleted by pressing the x on each one.

Try multiple search terms here

Restricting searches

Putting a field name and a colon at the start of your search will restrict the search to the selected field (For example, “author: L.” will restrict the search to only taxa that were published by Linnaeus.)

Try a field search here

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) & Geographical Search

POWO uses TDWG regions for its geographical search. These are botanical regions that do not necessarily conform to country borders. Continents are searchable, as are continent sections (For example, "Southern South America." covers Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay)

Try a geographical search here


The filter bar allows you to quickly constrain results by some common terms. For example, you can use it to narrow searches down to results with images, or only families, genera or species.

Try a filter here

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