I run a large website with lots of historical herb books. For the older ones, finding out current botanical names is very difficult.

Can I ask here? If not, does anybody know where I could ask what any given plant is, with or without images, usually with descriptions and pre-Linnaean names?

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    $\begingroup$ Where are you located geographically? Your best bet might be to get in touch with local botanists who are likely familiar with the local flora mentioned in the herb books. If you’re in the US, an organization like the Smithsonian Transcription Centre might be able to help you out: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian_Transcription_Center $\endgroup$ – Gaurav Dec 16 '18 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ I'm in Northern Europe. The old books are from Europe or the US, variously. I'll try the Smithsonian, thanks! $\endgroup$ – HeK Dec 16 '18 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ Ooo, nice! There’s a ton of biodiversity resources in Europe. I’m not sure who’d be best to approach first here (and I hope someone who does posts an answer to your question!), but this might be a good place to start: kew.org/blogs/kew-science/… $\endgroup$ – Gaurav Dec 16 '18 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ Kew isn't interested in pre-Linnaean, I've asked them. Or at least, I asked their "current botanical name database" people. $\endgroup$ – HeK Dec 16 '18 at 16:42
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    $\begingroup$ The Smithsonian botany set is complete, looks to be mostly herbarium specimens, with current botanical names. I don't think they do pre-Linnaean. (I do have Linné's works, of course, which helps a little.) $\endgroup$ – HeK Dec 16 '18 at 16:45

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