Flowering plants of Ethiopia's News

July 10, 2019

Planted in Ethiopia

One of the issues that we are coming across with this effort to improve the data on wild flowering plants is that a lot of observations of plants that are planted (not naturally occurring) still need to be tagged. iNaturalist rules that even exotic species are eligible for Research Grade, but only if they have spread themselves (eg the seedling of a planted tree). There are quite a few planted specimens turning up as Research Grade in iNaturalist.

If as an identifier, you are marking up an observation of a pot plant or a street tree as 'not wild', it would be super if you also point the users to the new project - e.g. "Your observation will appear in the new project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/planted-in-ethiopia , where users can help one another to identify garden and house plants, street trees, crops and so on. Please do feel free to join. "

Posted on July 10, 2019 21:53 by lera lera | 1 comments | Leave a comment

June 11, 2019

Identifications in Flowering Plants of Ethiopia

A particular thank you to those who have been identifying observations within this Ethiopia collection project. There's a pressing need for help identifying plant species records here - thank you so much for helping others with their understanding of the flora and in the progress towards Research Grade records for GBIF.

Posted on June 11, 2019 16:51 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 16, 2019

First results of the campaing

Since the project became public and it has been advertised we have had a big increase in the rate of submission of new photos, more than 100 in 3 days. The whole dataset has expanded by 15% in a very short amount of time.

The number of identified photos has also increased, but not as much. But worry not, we have botanists from Ethiopia and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens that have volunteered to help identifying the photos, so we should see an increase in identifications too.

I would ask the community to help in flagging if a species has been planted or not (there do not seem to be many cases yet but they may increase).

We will expand the checklist of Ethiopian plants, currently very limited https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/7179-Ethiopia-Check-List?iconic_taxon=47126
this will help all of us knowing if the species being observed are native or introduced.

thanks all for the effort and get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions

Posted on May 16, 2019 09:09 by pierov pierov | 0 comments | Leave a comment