Plant Database forum: Genus First?

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Name: Lori Bright
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LlamaLlori
May 8, 2015 12:05 PM CST
Hi, Thanks for this place, I'm in love with this site. I have a logistics question. I've got my "Plant List" going but all the plants are listed (alphabetically) Common Name first. For me it's backwards. Can I make my list Genus, Species and then Common Name. Those Common Names are such a regional thing.
I love this place either way. So many questions, so much fun.
Thank you, Lori
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
May 8, 2015 12:10 PM CST

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Hi Lori, thanks for the kind words about this site!

As for the list, they are actually indeed sorted alphabetically. I know the common name displays first in each plant listing but the overall list is sorted by genus.
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 8, 2015 2:33 PM CST
It IS a bit confusing having the common name show first. Half the time I've never heard of the common name that displays for some of my plants.
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Horntoad
May 8, 2015 3:47 PM CST
I agree it would be better to have the genus take precedence over common name in the list and database. But I don't find it that difficult to ignore the common name when searching my list. One thing that might help is, if you are searching for a specific genus in your plant list, use the drop down list that say "view only genus" at the top of the page.

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Name: Lori Bright
San Luis Obispo, California (Zone 7a)
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LlamaLlori
May 8, 2015 9:46 PM CST
I get it now. I had only a few plants posted when I wrote. Now I'm up to a hundred and realize
that they WERE Genus first all along. Thanks for all the responses. This place
is so cool!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 8, 2015 10:27 PM CST

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Welcome! LlamaLlori, glad you found ATP! It's full of wonderful features, hope you go exploring!

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