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Flax-leaved horseweed, according to iNaturalist's identification engine.

Since the idea is to catalog nature, not gardens, I've found myself taking lots of photos of weeds. Some that I know, like dandelions, and a lot that I don't.

Unfortunately, while observations of birds almost instantly attract other users who are ready to fine-tune the ID, people don't seem as interested in identifying plants.

inaturalist.org/observations/2

Perfect example: I posted this super-blurry photo of a bird on a wire across the street, zoomed optically as far as I could and then just cropped. Within 15 minutes, 4 people had identified it as not just a sparrow, but specifically a house sparrow!

Meanwhile the entry for the horseweed from last week still hasn't had anyone stop in to confirm or correct the ID.

inaturalist.org/observations/2

@kelsonv Yes, I've notice that.

I think there are a few reasons:

- most people post cultured (or potted) plants on iNat, out of ignorance of iNat's purpose, which usually gets ignored

- less people on iNat are good at identifying plants. My region has a few good identifiers, fortunately.

- maybe your shots don't capture enough info to ID the plants. This has happened to me. This forum post has some photo taking recommendations, including for plants [ forum.inaturalist.org/t/photo- ]

@sohkamyung That's a really helpful forum thread. Thanks for linking to it.

I guess I've got to make an effort to take more varied photos of the plants I find.

@kelsonv I didn't know about that site! I've found that people are usually pretty ready to help with an ID on the fediverse, and including the tags #plantID or #PlantIdentification helps. Maybe getting people who trawl those tags to use iNat will help

@rubah Maybe! In the meantime, I can start posting more pics here using those tags to at least improve my own observations.

@kelsonv I think a lot of people here also use the #florespondence tag, at least for flowering plants.

@kelsonv It's a bit late but all through May i was getting a series of emails about weeds, with botanical illustrations. I learned a good amount, and now have names for a couple of the plants I see around me (in the UK).

growwilduk.com/can-weeds-be-be

@kelsonv oh, I definitely have to try that identification engine, been looking for something like this for some time now!

@kelsonv I guess identifying weeds isn't as much of a passionate hobby for many folks 🤔

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