viridian

Joined: Feb 22, 2020 Last Active: Aug 06, 2020

My sole interest is plant life, or, more precisely, plants defined as Viridiplantae (a clade comprised of green algae and embryophytes). I earn a living at a garden center, and I occasionally work in private gardens as a side hustle. I dedicate my off time to observing wild plants (with the help of my wife, who is a great noticer of inconspicuous flowers) and self-education in botany. I am in love with plants of the maquis, and especially the order Boraginales, with plants like Moltkia petraea being the reason why. Beside that, I take great interest in learning about plant evolution, anatomy and physiology.

I wanted to keep another account where I would post nicer, higher quality photos, but gave up on the idea. Here's a link to two dozen photos I made there: sylvivs

I make mistakes both describing the plants and identifying them and I welcome, happily, any correction, refutation or further information that any one person may add to my observations.

“(...) A botanist studies the science which treats of plants ... in one or more of its very varied aspects. A plantsman is one who loves plants for their own sake and knows how to cherish them. This is a wider concept and may include a botanist: it certainly includes a host of admirable amateurs who may not know what a chromosome looks like or what taxonomy means, but know the growing plant, wild or cultivated, first-hand. To my mind they are the cream of those in the plant world, a fund of invaluable first-hand observation. (...) lt is much to be regretted that so few botanists, amateurs or professional, know even how to take cuttings or propagate a plant. How much better to do this, circumspectly, and so get to know the living plant better, than just to press and dry the specimen.” -- David McClintock, from a letter in 1976

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