Plant Base is an A to Z encylopedia of plants in the form of a software application installed directly on your own computer. It is built around a powerful database, but is easy to use and needs no technical skills.
Enables searching for plants by name and many other characteristics. Selection results or individual plant names can be saved in personal plant lists for later use.
Plant Base uses a true read/write database and all plant data is fully editable by the end-user. This distinguishing feature is important because it means that the entire content is ultimately under your control. You can choose to use it exactly as supplied, or change any of the information, or add your own plants and photos.
Supplied with a fully loaded database of thousands of plant records and pictures. However, specialist users may prefer to start with an empty database and then build their own chosen collection of plant information. You are free to customise the content to your specific needs, creating a uniquely personal plant reference resource.
Equivalent editions are available for Windows and Mac (Linux under development), plus an Android app for mobile devices. All editions use the same database files, which can be copied between any computer type. There is no dependency on an internet connection, so always available in any situation.
The application design is straightforward with a functional, no-nonsense approach to usability and considerable flexibility. There are no frills, but it is fast, simple to run and uses no unnecessary computer resources.
Each plant is described by a large number of standard elements such as size and colour, accompanied by text notes and pictures. Plants may be searched by any of these as selection criteria. Plant records are alphabetically sequenced by botanical name (Latin, binomial), but can be located by their common name if preferred. There is also allowance for alternative names (synonyms).
The ability to save personal plant lists is an essential feature. They have many uses, from simple lists that 'bookmark' interesting plants to planting design project schedules. Each list may be freely named and there is no limit to the number stored. Lists can be easily exported for use in an external program if required.