Tropical Plant Encyclopedia and Plant ID

Smart Plant ID: identify plants by characteristics

🧐 Need to find a plant name? Try our Tropical Plant ID - simply SUBMIT a photo in our Telegram Channel and we'll get you the name! It's that easy!

How many plants and pictures in our Tropical Plant Encyclopedia?
Today : plants and photos

Autors of the project
A-Z Complete Alphabetical List of plants in Catalog (list only)
A-Z Search with Botanical Family list
A-Z Store items, latin plant name starting with: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A-Z All plant photos, plant latin name starting with: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Picture galleries of plants in Top Tropicals Plant Encyclopedia

How to use Smart Plant ID tool?

- Check one or more checkboxes, then scroll up and click "Search Catalog" button. You may leave "find" field blank if not looking for a particular name.
- To search by one characteristic only, simply click on appropriate pictogram (example: to see all shade loving plants, click on "shade" pictogram)
- Quick look: check "show as list" box for simple list of plant names
- Image search: check "Show pictures only"
- Click on "next page" to see more results. We suggest to pu maximum items per page (100) to see multiple resuts at a glance
- Adding plant reviews: see comments link under each plant profile.
- If you don't see the price - the plant is not for sale. Subscribe to our Newsletter so you don't miss your dream plant, or use Wishlist to be notified when the plant is back in stock.

Advanced plant search and identification

Select one or more checkboxes down this page, then scroll up to click "Search Catalog" button.

Search for word(s):

items per page

Show items for sale only

Show as list (latin/common name only)

Show pictures only (photo gallery)

What is plant size and growth habit?

Big tree over 20 ft (7 m) tall

Small tree 10-20 ft (3-7 m) tall

Big shrub 5-10 ft (1.5-3 m) tall

Vine, climber or creeper

Small shrub or subshrub 2-5 ft tall (0.5-1.5 m)

Ground cover or low-growing under 2 ft (0.5m)

Palm tree or palm-like plant

Good for bonsai



What are the light requirements?

Full sun



What are the atering needs?

Prefers dry conditions, drought tolerant.Infrequent watering 1-2 times a month when established

Drought tolerant. Moderate water 1-2 times a week when established

Regular water 3-5 times a week

Ample water daily. Don't let soil over-dry, keep it moist but not soggy.

Aquatic plant, water/flood tolerant, "heavy drinker"

Epiphyte. Prefers ample water once a week along with daily misting.

What color is the flower?

Red, crimson, vinous

Yellow, orange

White and off-white

Blue, violet, purple, lavender


Unusual color or multicolor

How cold hardy?

Most of plants in our Encyclopedia are tropical or subtropical, which means they are cold/frost sensitive. Cold hardiness depends on many factors, including duration of cold period, wind protection, relief, exposure, plant maturity, etc. If there is no hardiness pictogram - information is not available or not specified.

Subtropical; cold hardy at least to 30's F for a short time (Cold hardiness information is based on our own experience in South Florida)

Ultra tropical, min. temp. 55F

Deciduous or semi-deciduous

Other characteristics

Edible fruit or other part

Thorny or spiny

Flood tolerant for a short time


Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Seaside, salt tolerant plant

Spice or herb

Ornamental foliage

Unknown name: please help us to identify these plants with scientific names

Parts of plant are poisonous or toxic. If there is no "poisonous" or "irritatiing" pictogram, it DOESN'T mean the plant is edible

Parts of plant are irritating. If there is no "poisonous" or "irritatiing" pictogram, it DOESN'T mean the plant is edible

Ethnomedical. The ethnomedical information is provided for general information only, it is not intended as guidance for medicinal use.

Any ethnomedical use?

Plants marked as Ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles. We are not responsible for any improper use of these plants. These statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere

Text information in our catalog is based on our own experience and various gardening sources.

Photos, unless otherwise noted, are property of TopTropicals and can be used according to our policy.


Authors of the project

Top Tropicals LLC

Encyclopedia Editor: Marina Rybka

Software developer: Michael Dubinovsky

Photographers: Tatiana Anderson (©, Marina Rybka (©MR), ©Mark Landa, ©Eleanor Wilks 'EleNZ', ©Marina Khaytarova, ©Olga Blokhman and other photographers as noted

Picture use License type: CC BY-SA 4.0. Feel free to use our pictures with our copyright provided for non-commercial use or see Terms of Sale and Rates for commercial use. Photos, unless otherwise noted, are property of TopTropicals. All Top Tropicals Images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License (CC BY-SA 4.0).

For our office use

Search by file name:

Find a photo by name  

If you have a picture file name, for example "//", type only file name before dot (.) or its part (abcd12345 or just simply adbcd) and press Find button. Don't type 'jpg' or other parts of file name 

Archived Catalog updates

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