Plant Database forum: Leaf structure

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May 12, 2017 1:21 PM CST
I think it would be helpful if the database included a bit more detail on the leaf structure, as this can be very helpful when trying to ID an unknown plant. Without getting too technical, a simple drop-down choice of alternate/opposite for the leaf placement, and serrated/smooth/lobed for edge would be nice. Color could be another choice - green, yellow, red/purple, gray. Although that can change with the season (Japanese maples often have 3 distinctly different colors, spring/summer/fall). And some leaves are a monotone while others are streaky, mottled, or otherwise multi-toned. Thoughts?

Another idea would be to actively encourage photos of leaves, perhaps by focusing a week or month to leaf photo entries, perhaps rewarded with a nut if it's the first submission in that category? I feel we are way good on flower photos (sometimes overwhelmingly so) and seriously lacking other (boring but important) structural photos.

Which kind of brings back prior discussions of how best to sort the photo categories. When trying to ID a plant, I'd sure like to skip all the flower photos (pretty as they are) and just focus on the random other photos we might have in the system.
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