Plant Database forum: Order of names in the Database

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 14, 2012 6:28 PM CST
I personally would like to see all entries in the database ordered alphabetically first by genus and then by species. Today I was looking to add a picture to Ficus auriculata but did not see it in the initial line-up of Ficus species. The list on the first page of Ficus entries reads as follows - and I find it hard to find order in this. What do you all think?


Alii Ficus (Ficus maclellandii 'Alii')
Chinese Banyan (Ficus microcarpa 'Tiger Bark')
Creeping Ficus (Ficus pumila)
Golden Gate Ficus (Ficus microcarpa 'Golden Gate')
Ficus (Ficus macrophylla subsp. columnaris)
Wonderboom Fig (Ficus neriifolia)
Chinese Banyan (Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island')
Chinese Banyan (Ficus microcarpa 'Green Mound')
Miniature Ficus (Ficus benjamina 'Natasha')
Ficus (Ficus antihetophylla)
Creeping Ficus (Ficus pumila 'Minima')
Loquat Leaf Fig (Ficus saussureana)
Narrow leaf fig tree (Ficus binnendykii)
Ficus (Ficus abelii)
Ficus (Ficus abscondita)
Ficus (Ficus abutilifolia)
Ficus (Ficus acanthocarpa)
Ficus (Ficus acanthophylla)
Ficus (Ficus acarouaniensis)
Ficus (Ficus acreana)
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 14, 2012 6:42 PM CST

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That's not the first page of the Ficus entries, Hettie. It's the results of your search for Ficus. The first page is "orderly."

http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/ficus/
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 14, 2012 7:06 PM CST
riiiiight.... thanks for pointing that out; so I wonder why my search for Ficus dished up such a hodgepodge Confused
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 14, 2012 7:07 PM CST

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If you just search for ficus, it gives you a natural "best match" search that is NOT sorted and cannot be sorted. It's like Google searches - they aren't alphabetical.

But at the top of your search, if you search for a genus, it gives you a link to view all plants in that genus. And that page, as zuzu pointed out, are nicely and properly sorted.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 14, 2012 7:08 PM CST
ok, so I should just learn to search in a more orderly fashion Whistling
Thanks for the explanation, now I understand better!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 16, 2012 12:40 PM CST
I ran into the same problem Hetty, until Dave us the view all plants in that genus feature. I just love that feature. Lovey dubby
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 16, 2012 12:45 PM CST
I agree, I guess I was also just still finding my way around all the features of the database.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 16, 2012 1:04 PM CST
I agree

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