Flowering plants of India's Journal

February 14, 2020

Nature Map Explorer is live

The iNaturalist community is helping to bolster flowering plant distribution records worldwide, and through this project we have been aiming to improve the quality and quantity of observations for India, as well as Ethiopia, Indonesia and Turkey.

The data, alongside many others, have fed into a series of global analyses and maps. You can see the new global map of areas important for the conservation of biodiversity and carbon storage here - https://explorer.naturemap.earth/map - and watch a webinar to find out more about how the maps are made. Your feedback through Nature Map Explorer on these initial maps, how they are explained or how they/what else might be useful, is very much welcomed.

Thank you for all your support so far!

Posted on February 14, 2020 22:19 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment

November 28, 2019

Making sure your observations are shared to GBIF

Over 11,500 Research Grade observations now - amazing, everyone!

Our aim here is to share wild flowering plant observations with the scientific community through GBIF.org (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility), where they are brought together with other location records from databases around the world.

This happens when (i) the observation is Research Grade (wild plant, identification agreed upon by by two iNaturalist members, with location, photo and observation date).

AND (ii) the license of the observations and photos permits automatic onward sharing by iNaturalist by GBIF. Only observations having CC0, CC BY, or CC BY-NC licenses will be share with GBIF: see https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#GBIFdata

If you want to make sure this is happening, please visit your profile on the website and choose 'Edit account settings and profile' - its surprising how many users are not sharing their data this way. Thank you!

Posted on November 28, 2019 22:50 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 14, 2019

RG observations climbing fast

This time last month, there were about 8,000 Research Grade observations - now there are over 10,000. Congratulations and thanks to the >1000 identifiers who have been helping with the flowering plants of India!

Posted on October 14, 2019 22:06 by lera lera | 1 comment | Leave a comment

September 23, 2019

Introduced plant species (establishment status)

Following @siddarthmachado bringing to our attention a 2008 paper* listing introduced plant species in India, we have updated the India checklist with all the species from this report (covers both cultivated and invasive)!

To see what species are on the checklist for India with an establishment status of "introduced", have a look at https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/6982-India-Check-List?q=&taxon=47125&establishment_means=introduced

An introduced flag will show on observations identified as these species in India.

Please feel free to add any introduced species not included in the Reddy list, preferably including a note on your reference source.

Many thanks to @matthewlewis896 who updated the list.

*Reddy et al. available at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/241619016_INVASIVE_ALIEN_FLORA_OF_INDIA

Posted on September 23, 2019 15:51 by lera lera | 2 comments | Leave a comment

September 11, 2019

Low hanging fruit (and flowers) for identification

It's fabulous to see the id progress on the Flowering Plants of India project - nearly 8,000 observations at Research Grade now. That leaves about 15,000 observations in the 'needs id' pot, including a lot of leafy photos that will be harder to identify to species.

Sometimes - but far from always - when the photos for an observation include flowers, fruit or buds, this is marked up in the Annotations section.

That means its possible to query for observations that still need an initial id, or for the id to be confirmed, and which are more likely to have diagnostic features to help the identifier. There are only 636 of these just now. It'd be great to get them fully identified!

This link will take you to these observations (hiding the ones that you personally have already reviewed)
[updated 19-6-20 to exclude new annotation 'no evidence of flowering']

Other ways to help improve this set for other identifiers

  • add the annotation when you see a flower or fruit photo that hasn't been tagged
  • mark up obviously planted individuals as 'not wild' in the Data Quality Assessment (see also previous news item)

Posted on September 11, 2019 09:31 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 10, 2019

Planted in India

One of the issues that we are coming across with this effort to improve the data on wild flowering plants is that a lot of observations of plants that are planted (not naturally occurring) still need to be tagged. iNaturalist rules that even exotic species are eligible for Research Grade, but only if they have spread themselves (eg the seedling of a planted tree). There are quite a few planted specimens turning up as Research Grade in iNaturalist.

Of course, it's fine to add these observations, they just need to be tagged appropriately.

If as an identifier, you are marking up an observation of a pot plant or a street tree as 'not wild', it would be super if you also point the users to the new project - e.g. "Your observation will appear in the new project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/planted-in-india , where users can help one another to identify garden and house plants, street trees, crops and so on. Please do feel free to join. "

Posted on July 10, 2019 21:55 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 11, 2019

Identifications in Flowering Plants of India

A particular thank you to those who have been identifying observations within this India collection project. There's a pressing need for help identifying plant species records here - thank you so much for helping others with their understanding of the flora and in the progress towards Research Grade records for GBIF.

Posted on June 11, 2019 16:47 by lera lera | 13 comments | Leave a comment