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Author Topic: Flowers Database - Does somebody know a good one online?  (Read 1884 times)

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Beppe Grillo

« on: June 02, 2014, 10:24 »
I am looking for a good flowers (and plants) database online

I do not need some kind of encyclopedia where I can find millions of flowers.
I need a database (where I can find millions of flowers) allowing to find the results by exclusion.

To be clearer:
- I take a picture of a flower but I absolutely dont know what it is.
I just can see the flower, his characteristics (color, size, number of petals, kind of leaves, the place/ground where it grows etc.), it is a little 10 mm blue flower that I have found in a meadow in South Spain, close to the sea.
If I look for little blue flower Spain on google I dont find a lot of useful results

- A good instrument could be one allowing a research by restriction.
If I choose no restriction I get all the elements contained in the database.
If I chose to restrain the color to "blue" I get only the blue flowers
If I choose to restrain to "blue" + "4 petals" + "size= 10 mm" + "meadow" + "Spain", if get only the 10 mm blue flowers with 4 petals and  growing in the meadows in Spain.
And at this point it is really easier to find the flower corresponding to the one on my photo.

Does exist such an instrument?
(Would be nice too for animals, birds, insects, etc)

« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 10:39 »
Try  Google for "flowers guide [area]". I've found there are multiple organizations which might do papers addressing geographical areas (name a specific park, Ohio, Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon) and that will eliminate possibilities that only exist a half world away.

Not sure of the world coverage of these.....

« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 12:33 »
Is there any tool in this forum to add the thread/ post to favourite or sth like that? I'd like to find some answers fast again in future.

« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 13:03 »
As a botanist I want to point out that color and size are no good for finding the correct species. A Hydrangea for instance can change color from pink to blue if you change the acidity of the soil.

Leaf shape and number of petals are better, but not perfect. Good quality local floras with identification keys are your best bet.

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2014, 08:55 »
I just see the answers to this thread today.  :-[
Sorry if I am late, and thank you for the answers!

« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2014, 09:58 »
Here's a great reference site for determining bird species....


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