The VTP is slowly gathering a library of plant images and models suitable for realtime rendering. The great majority of these are images designed for use as billboard texture maps. The library is part of the VTP distribution, provided to people interested in terrain modeling. Like the rest of the VTP, the plant library is completely free and unrestricted.
Many people have contributed to the library since the project went public in 2001. If you have any plant images or models you can contribute for free distribution, please let us know. If you are creating plants, it may be useful to consult the pages on creating plant texture maps and the Species XML File Format.
The terminology used here is defined on the page VTP Vegetation Framework.
The online list of species is generated from the master file species.xml which holds the metadata for the library.
A handful of the plant images are also described on the page Hawaiian Plant Textures.
2011.05 Added a 7m image for Koa (Acacia koa)
Added a 7m image for Ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha)
Added Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica), 1 billboard at 12.5m
2009.03 Added Giant Bamboo (Bambusa spp.), 1 billboard at 16m
Added Chinese parasol tree (Firmiana simplex), 1 billboard at 7m
Added Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora) 1 billboard at 5m
Added Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica), 1 billboard at 4.6m
2008.11 Added Silk Oak (Grevillea robusta), 1 billboard at 10m
Added Podocarpus (Podocarpus sp.), 1 billboard at 9m
Added Ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia) by re-using 2 pine images
Added Mango (Mangifera indica), 3 billboards at 2m, 3m, 7m
Added Lychee (Litchi chinensis) 2 billboards at 3.5m and 4m
2008.10 Added Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), 17 billboards from 3.3 to 12.4m
Added Olive (Olea europaea), 13 billboards from 2.6 to 7m
Added Stone Pine (Pinus pinea), 7 billboards from 7.5 to 11m
Provided by Giovanni Villani
2008.01 Added Golden ball cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) 2007.09 More German common names, provided by Robert Hauck. 2006.12 Consulted Wikipedia to fill in many more common names for the plants in the list. 2006.02 Added Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens) at 3m height.
Added Norfolk pine (Araucaria heterophylla) at 34m, a very large specimen.
Added Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) at 2m.
Added another image for Koa (Acacia koa) at 1m.
Added Camellia (Camellia spp.) at 1.8m.
Recreated three ECL textures that were lost in a 2005 disk crash.
2005.12 Added orange tree (Citrus sinensis) at 4m height.