Frequently Asked Questions: BotanaryGeneral Questions
- What's the difference between Botanary and Garden Terms?
- How is this different from every other botanical dictionary?
- Why is it called Botanary?
- Can I add a new plant name to Botanary?
- Do I have to be a subscribed member to use this feature?
- What if I make a mistake, or find an error made by someone else?
- I've read this FAQ and I still have a question about Botanary!
- First, it's inter-connected to PlantFiles, so you can learn the meaning of a plant's name while you're learning about the plant itself.
- The second difference is its size. Botanary currently contains more than 15,000 family, genus and species names, plus meanings and pronunciations. When combined with Garden Terms, you have access to about 20,000 plant names and gardening terminology.
- The third difference is that Botanary grows each day, with new entries added for and by gardeners. Unlike most botanical dictionaries, which were written by a single author or committee, and have never been added to or edited, Botanary is an ongoing, ever-changing and growing repository of information. Any registered user can add new terms.
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Please note that your submission may be edited and re-formatted to make it consistent with other entries. Here are a few tips to help you submit your entry in accordance within our general guidelines.
- Length. Definitions are limited to under 200 characters, but most entries are much shorter than that. (Shorter definitions are usually easier to remember.)
- Dates. We don't list specific dates of birth and death for those commemorated. Our reasons for avoiding them are two-fold: one, some of the honorees are still alive, which would necessitate editing our entry some point in the future. The second is due to the discrepancies in historical records. We'd rather be generally accurate than precisely incorrect.
- Family names. Typically these include only a reference to the botanical and common name, rather than repeating the entire etymology of the generic (genus) name. Here's a list of the family names currently found in Botanary for an idea of the accepted format.
- Ref. genus. Botanary is already linked into a large database of plants, and it's easy to find a list of referring genera within PlantFiles; there's no need to reiterate them within Botanary.
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