Taking plant identification seriously

I have a separate web-site which covers the flora of the North-West Himalaya, sections of which provide detailed information about how to correctly & reliably  identify plants from that region of the world - a good deal of the content and advice is applicable to those taking an interest in British wild and naturalised plant species.

Taking & having available on web-sites a larger number of images for every species, showing a wide range of features, greatly increases the likelihood of correct identification.  In the past, if books with illustrations were available at all, these tended to be a single photo per species and often of small dimensions. The best way to learn to differentiate between similar-looking species, is to immerse yourself in them - the wonders of digital photography allows us to do this.

1. A fine example of what methodical digital photography has to offer, is to view the 30+ images of 'Himalayan Balasam' (Impatiens glandulifera) I provide. This plant has 'escaped' and naturalised extensively in the UK and many countries in the Northern Hemisphere, in places making a nuisance of itself:

2. Correctly identifying plants is not as quick and easy a process as you may have thought!  There is a new and better way - by taking examining plants more closely: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/fowh/introduction-1

3. Reliability of identification son web-sites is crucial:

4. How not to identify plants:

5. Parts of plants which need to be photographed:

6. Become a plant 'detective':

7. Why arrange the web-site in alphabetical order by genus?

8. What sort of camera do you need?  A modest, inexpensive model will be good enough!






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