World Checklist of Monocotyledons
Sun, 10 Dec 2006 16:20:33 PST
Both Diane and Kelly are of course correct, but the basic problem remains
that you will be given images that may or may not portray the plant you're
searching.  In several cases I did find myself at nursery homepages and
such, and had to search further to find the targeted image.  The IDs are
solely those of the person posting the image, and may be completely

My point is that it is not especially useful for a database to point the
user to incorrect information, or even to information that may or may not
be correct.  What becomes of the user who doesn't already know what the
species looks like, and wants to see an image?  We all know what Google
delivers, but why does Kew want to tap into that without editing it?


Original Message:
From: Kelly Irvin
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 18:09:06 -0600
Subject: Re: [pbs] World Checklist of Monocotyledons

Dear Ellen:

Adding to Diane's comments, this discrepancy can sometimes be resolved 
by clicking the suspect image, which then takes you to a cached page 
where the image you clicked is supposed to reside, but, also, the term 
for which you searched. You can then scroll down the page to see if the 
proper image exists on the page. This is not always helpful, but can be.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

Diane Whitehead wrote:
> On 10-Dec-06, at 3:01 PM, wrote:
>>  Google search of images ----- any photo that anyone has captioned  
>> with the species name being searched
>> gets picked up.
> The pictures may be incorrectly named, but not necessarily. Google  
> Images shows pictures that are anywhere near the requested terms, so  
> the photo may be of anything.  An example:  a web article about plant  
> hunting lists lots of species in very dense text, and a photo of one  
> of the plants is put nearby.  When any of those names is searched  
> for, the one close-by picture is going to be offered by Google Images.
> 			Diane Whitehead
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