|Hello. I am currently copyediting a guidebook to public gardens for National Geographic. While right now I am online trying to determine if there is such a thing as a "Himalyan impatien," I would be most interested to know if you could recommend a comprehensive online list of plants, preferably one that uses common names but could lead me to Latin names as well. Any advice is greatly appreciated!|
|In The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture, I found reference to an annual impatiens called Impatiens glandulifera (syn. I. roylei) that is described as native to the Himalayas, and naturalized in North America as far northas Canada. |
Another impatiens native to the Himalayas is I. balfouri. Neither of these had a common name listed.
As far as web sites: try http://Gardening.com
This site is described as having a plant encyclopedia with over 1500 plants. (I haven't checked it out yet.) There's another one called USDA Plants Project at http://plants.usda.gov that is supposed to have a database and photo gallery of standardized information about plants found in the US. I visited it once and didn't have much luck finding what I wanted.
You might also try http://tpoint.net/neighbor/, listed as having 1500 links to gardening sites.
I hope this is helpful.