NatureMap-plants's News

August 02, 2019

40,000 records!

We just exceeded our first big milestone, thanks especially to a great boost in new observations in India and Turkey.

We are planning to start updating existing range maps and attempt to map new species ranges in September and we'll post information here on how we plan to do this.

For this effort to be most effective we would need as many species as possible to be of Research Grade, meaning that they need to be species identified at the species level with some level of confidence, and they need to be genuine wild specimens (not planted by humans), so we ask everyone's help with identification and with ticking the box No on örganism is wild" from the computer or flag the species as Captive/Cultivated from the phone.

thank you all for the effort, and please get in touch for any questions!

Posted on August 02, 2019 09:57 by pierov pierov | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 10, 2019

A place for observations of planted plants

There is now a new set of projects for Planted (not wild) observations accessible here :

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 the Naturemap collection projects.

If 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 appropriate project - e.g. "Your observation will appear in the new project , 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 10:01 by lera lera | 3 comments | Leave a comment

June 11, 2019

Identifications in Naturemap

A particular thank you to those who have been identifying observations within the collection project. There's a pressing need for help identifying plant species records in these countries - 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 16:30 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 21, 2019

'Unknowns of Naturemap'

This new project in the Naturemap collection has been created to make it easy to find completely unidentified records from our focal countries, which could be flowering plants. Anybody can help by classifying these as Angiosperms (obviously, more taxonomic detail is very welcome), or as e.g. Insects. Thank you in advance!

Posted on May 21, 2019 19:36 by lera lera | 1 comments | Leave a comment