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Tips for plant identification

Unread postby naturelover » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:57 am

Hi all

Here are some tips for photographig plants you want identified:
- Whenever possible provide close up photographs of the flowers.
Many plants are most easily identified by their flowers and in some cases identification is impossible without flowers.
- Provide close up photos of the leaves, stems and fruit/seedpods
Some plants can only identified from a single characteristic and others only from a combination of characterisitcs
- Provide a short description of features that can't be discerned from photos such as the texture of the leaves and stems or the scent of the flowers, leaves or sap.
- Describe the habitat as this also helps
- Include the date on which the photo was taken especially with flowers and fruits as ths helps determine the flowering time.
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Re: Tips for plant identification

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:23 am

Thanks for the useful and practical tips Naturelover. I sometimes find it a bit difficult to identify plants and trees especially those that are less commonly seen :thumbs_up: .
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