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.
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.
@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 [ https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/photo-taking-recommendations-by-taxon/1962/4 ]
@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.
@rubah Maybe! In the meantime, I can start posting more pics here using those tags to at least improve my own observations.
@kelsonv oh, I definitely have to try that identification engine, been looking for something like this for some time now!
@kelsonv does it have medicinal or culinary use?
@Boudicca None that I know of.
@kelsonv I guess identifying weeds isn't as much of a passionate hobby for many folks 🤔
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