Journal archives for September 2019

September 11, 2019

Low hanging fruit (and flowers) for identification

It's good to see the id progress on the Flowering Plants of Ethiopia project - over 150 observations at Research Grade now. That leaves about 1,000 observations in the 'needs id' pot, including leafy photos that will be harder to identify to species.

Sometimes - but far from always - when the photos for an observation include flowers, fruit or buds, this is marked up in the Annotations section.

That means its possible to query for observations that still need an initial id, or for the id to be confirmed, and which are more likely to have diagnostic features to help the identifier. There are about 150 of these at the time of writing. It would be fabulous to get these identified or confirmed - it'd double the Research Grade count.

This link will take you to these observations (hiding the ones that you personally have already reviewed)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?project_id=flowering-plants-of-ethiopia&term_id=12&place_id=6846

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Other ways to help improve this set for other identifiers
- add the annotation when you see a flower or fruit photo that hasn't been tagged
- mark up obviously planted individuals as 'not wild' in the Data Quality Assessment (see also previous news item)

Posted on September 11, 2019 09:39 by lera lera | 1 comments | Leave a comment

September 17, 2019

Photo guide to help identifying

A big thank you to those who have been helping identify the observations in this Ethiopia collection project. One of the members of the project @marcoschmidtffm has made an amazing photo guide to African plants, which allows you to filter by any number of features of the plant (e.g. leaf structure, flower inflorescence) and returns a list of potential species with photos.

It could be really useful to help narrow down tricky observations.

Marco has very kindly agreed to share his guide here in case it's useful in helping to identify.

It can be accessed from http://www.africanplants.senckenberg.de/root/index.php

Posted on September 17, 2019 11:47 by matthewlewis896 matthewlewis896 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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