May 29, 2023


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Ipomoea ID support from global expert, Alexis, based in Mexico

To be able to identify the Ipomoea members, there is a "trick", the important character is the sepals , the sepals are like fingerprints, and they are never repeated in any species of the genus in question.

On the other hand, many people believe that by observing the leaves or the color of the corollas, the species can be identified, but it is a mistake, there is no doubt that they help, but little, sometimes they complement, but being very variable they are not completely reliable.

Ipomoea triloba the sepals are scarious-margined, ciliate on midrib and margins, subequal, 5–6 (–10) mm long, oblong-mucronate or oblong-caudate. Small corola 1.5–2 (–2.5) cm long, campanulate, glabrous, pink; limb 1.3–1.6 cm diam

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May 26, 2023

Corrected species cover photo

bouteloua shared: If you're positive something is identified as the incorrect taxon, you're actually able to correct it yourself. On the taxon page, if you click on "Curation" and then on "Edit photos," you should be able to remove the photo and then add a correctly identified photo if one is available.


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Code for choosing specific genera,208505,208505,340490,203836&verifiable=any&view=species

Code above is for the protected genera of Arachnids surveyed during CNC2023. See Journal entry.

the taxon_ids  numbers refer to the genera... Obtained using Explore feature: put name in species box and get number off the url. Place into  combined URL with a comma

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May 25, 2023

Crotalaria dura subsp dura - Chales Stirton comments

David Styles did a useful summary distinguishing Crotalaria dura ssp dura and C. globifera. See

In essence he said quoting Marianne Le Roux:

Crotalaria dura subsp. dura has a prostrate, decumbent to decumbent-erect habit, whereas C. globifera has an erect habit.
Crotalaria dura subsp. dura has a keel petal that is rotund (U shaped) unlike the angled curvature and distally straight and elongate beak of C. globifera (looks like a medieval pointed shoe) (thanks to Marianne le Roux for this, included in an article previously published in PlantLife)
Note also the often brown calyces seen in Crotalaria dura subsp. dura.

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May 24, 2023

Genus Aspalathus

As per Charles Stirton: If the keel is hairy then A. chortophila, if hairless then A. gerrardii. Unfortunately photos are not good enough for an ID.

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May 23, 2023

Arachnid photo advice

Use manual focus
More macro shots
Focus as close to the phone as possible
Take the phone closer and closer to the subject and at about 12 cm distance it loses focus. Then move it back until the subject is in focus again.

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May 18, 2023

Legume pictures advice from Charles Stirton

.... a sideview of a flower (detached if in a congested flower head) is like ^gold dust^ for naming species in the pea family. There are just so many yellow-flowered legumes that general pics are mostly only useful to get to genus level.

If it is easy for you to re-photograph this plant can you take and upload a picture of a detached flower side view on and also one with the wing petals removed so that one can see the keel (innermost pair covered by wing petals). The keel should be either ^shoe-shaped^ or more ^U-shaped^. If the anthers are of two types (5 long and 5 short) then we can confirm the genus at least. If it also has inflated pods (fruits) then it is certainly this genus. There is a possibility it might belong to the genus Argyrolobium which has forest species with very similar leaves and flowers but which have different fruits (long and flattened) and an almost 2-lipped calyx (best seen from side view of a flower) vs 5 distinct teeth in Crotalaria.

For legumes, one needs a detached flower (or if on the plant free from other flowers) and a side view of the flower has the most features. Unfortunately, unlike Australian peas, the front views are largely boring and uninformative. Also, a close-up of a detached leaf would be very helpful as the stipules, veining, hairiness, and stipules are all important identifying features.

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March 22, 2023

Observations marked as unknown

Hi, welcome to iNaturalist!
Even if you don't know the exact species of what you have observed, you can search for and select a higher level identification, such as "plants (kingdom Plantae)" or "insects (class Insecta)". Many people helping identify observations on iNaturalist filter the observations by the group of species they know how to ID (like plants or insects), so observations with a blank ID like this one will be excluded from those filtered searches. Selecting a general ID helps funnel your observation to someone who may know what they're looking at, and that way it can get identified sooner.
Here is a video tutorial for the mobile app:

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URL to check for observations in the RL Plants and Animals project that needs to be on RL sAfr

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