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Plant Identification

Postby wildrose » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:57 pm

Engineers teach machines to recognize tree species
It's hard enough for humans to teach other humans how to identify a large number of plants. Just imagine how difficult it would be to teach computers to reliably recognize them.
[url]Engineers from Caltech have developed a method that uses data from satellite and street-level images, such as the ones that you can see in Google maps, to create automatically an inventory of street trees that cities may use to better manage urban forests.[/url]
LINK: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-machines-tree-species.html
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby wildrose » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:59 pm

FlowerChecker, how does plant identification work
And, yeah, as you might expect... there's an app for it! :laugh:
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby twister » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:39 pm

How to Identify a Plant or Weed
Some basic advice on how to systematically identify a plant.
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby shadylady » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:11 am

I look up a dozen or so plants each year and mostly I rely on a couple books I have and a couple websites including the one operated by the host of this message board. So far the phone hasn't been much use since it's easy to get out of range around these parts!
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby panamint_patty » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:51 am

shadylady: That's about where I'm at too. I use calflora.org most frequently online and I have a couple old wornout books on desert plants in the bookshelf. I use dvplants.com some also just to give our host website a courtesy plug. Actually he has a good collection there, but I can't always find what I'm looking for there, but the same can be said of calflora and the books I own so I guess the more sources you got the better your chances of finding what you're looking for.
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby wildrose » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:26 am

9 New Species of Desert Bees Discovered, Including Some That Look Like Ants
The bees in this video are interesting, but what captured my interest even more was the reference to the crinklemat plant. I did a little research and was able to figure out that the plant is usually called tiquilia. Blackturtle has the plant on his dvplants.com website, but he doesn't use the term CRINKLEMAT. Hopefully he'll add that info in the not too distant future!
TIQUILIA: http://www.dvplants.com/PLANTS/TIQUILIA/index.html
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby blackturtle.us » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:01 pm

wildrose: Thank you! The page has been updated.
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby wildrose » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:44 am

blackturtle.us wrote:wildrose: Thank you! The page has been updated.

My pleasure! Always happy to pass along useful information!
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby panamint_patty » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:31 am

wildrose: Very interesting post. Both the bees and the plant are fascinating. Interesting to know that both the bees and the plants are found locally.
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Re: Plant Identification

Postby tronagirl » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:18 am

Wild Edible Plants: Storksbill
I'm pretty sure I've seen this plant growing around Trona and Ridgecrest. I have my doubts about whether or not I'd actually eat it, but this is still interesting.
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