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Wonderful article, shari. It's wonderful to have all the added help of all the knowledgable folks here on DG to help with this problem. Although, I must say, I want to cultivate a few more of those folks who leave unidentified plants on one's doorstep. :)
Good job, thanks for sharing the information. :)
Well (she said, with a rueful grin) yep, those folks over at plant ID have helped out more than once, on stuff I had no clue (at the time) where to start with, like, well. . . like TREES. So, thank you Shari, and thank you DG.
Hopefully a newbie or two will see this article and realize just how great DG is! And as for the notorious "red flower, blue flower, white flower" or "tree"...those of us really "in the know" call these lovelies "Noids" (sounds so clever, but means No I.D.) I actually had a call knock on my door and ask where she could get a noid like mine - she just loved it! Laughed like a loon when I told her what noid was.
Those reasons are just why we should post foliage pictures in the PF. Alot of times there are only pictures of blooms because ...well they're the stars of the flowering plants, but for i.d. purposes we need to add pictures of the whole plant, foliage, even seeds.
I'll add my "yes, please" to that. If I'm trying to decide what to order, plant, trade, etc, I rely very heavily on PlantFiles. Even catalogs and seed catalogs don't always tell you what the whole plant looks like. If I'm going to have it with me for all stages of its life, not just the moment of glory, then I want to know what every stage looks like. . . please?