Plant Database forum: Question from a simpleton

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Lavanda
Mar 18, 2014 11:18 AM CST
... at least I feel that way.

Could someone please 'splain something to me ?

What is the system for locating something in the database ?

What takes precedence ?

Alphabetical order ?

Latin or common names ?

Thanks everyone ! I'm all ears!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 18, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Lavanda,

If I know both the genus and species I type both into the search box. Example:
Callistemon viminalis, all cultivars of the plant will show up: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Callistemon+vimin...

If I only know the common name, I type that into the box, no quote marks ( " " ' ' ) Example:
Weeping Bottlebrush, which brings up two different plants with that common name: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Weeping+Bottlebru...

Of course, there are many plants that have the same exact common name and in that case you would get every plant with that name which sometimes mean scrolling through page after page of plants to find the one you are looking for. Crying
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Mar 18, 2014 1:36 PM CST
Lavanda: By the way ... you are not a simpleton and I am so not good at explaining things so I hope I made sense in my first post.

The plant database just takes getting used to; you'll get it ... and if you ever have any difficulty, don't hesitate to ask. ATP is very user friendly, there are so many wonderful folks here, always willing to help! Sometimes the scientific names and stuff are way over my head and sometimes I forget something I used to know so I'm very glad that wonderful database moderators are always around to offer assistance! Group hug
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TX (Zone 8a)
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Lavanda
Mar 18, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Lin, thank you. You are a doll.

Part of my "problem" is that I do know Latin for some things, as well as common names, and Spanish names.

But what I cant get my head around is why things to not appear alphabetically Confused

At first after I joined, I was looking for roses. So I would put in Rosa plus the name. Most of the time no luck. Then would send a plant proposal, only to have it rejected because it was already there ( ! ) DOH !!!1

So my hard-headedness finally figgered out to go in by genus, then attempt by cultivar name. Better luck but still not perfect.

Here is an example : Spanish lavender.

Today was Lavandula. Then stoechas.

I selected S It brings up two pages. Cultivars seem to be pretty ,uch in alphabetical order.

HOWEVER comma it seems there is no particular order as far as Lavender with (US) or Lavender (UK) . And mixed in is Fernleaf Lavender.

I guess what I am wishing fir is a way to get my list sorted by alph Confused abetical or latin, etc.

I am not a new gardener, but it leaves me feeling bewildered and I can only imagine for a beginner it would be even more confusing.

Confused

I imahine if this were not confusing, the site might get more hits and more members because the search engines would match this site up with more searches Smiling

Thank You! for listening !!!!!!!


At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.

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