FAQs

Why don’t you provide pronunciations of Latin or scientific names?

While Latin works well as a written way to communicate scientific names, it isn’t as strong for spoken communication. Pronunciations can vary locally, regionally, and internationally. For example, Acer (maples) is pronounced by some as “a-ser” and by others as “a-ker”. Another example is Populus (aspens and cottonwoods): “pop-u-lus” and “pope-u-lus”. Yet one more example is Fuchsia, pronounced by almost everyone as “fyoosh-ee-a” or “fyoosh-uh”, but properly pronounced as “fooks-ee-a”. Given that Botany Photo of the Day has an international audience, asserting pronunciations will possibly lead to arguments about details thereby detracting from the bigger picture we prefer to address.

Why don’t you provide hardiness zone information?

Commenters are welcome to add hardiness zone information to supplement what is written, but as Botany Photo of the Day has an international audience, there is no single standard system that would properly communicate zone information to all readers. You can read more about the different kinds of hardiness zones via Wikipedia: Hardiness Zones.

Why close-up photos instead of photographs of the entire plant?

Often, we share photographs that are shared with us. Most often, those are photos of close-up details such as flowers, fruits or leaves. When photos of the entire plant are available, we often will add these as supplements to the main photo–but it is based on availability. At the least, in almost all cases where a close-up photo is used, there are links to other resources that have photographs of the entire plant for readers to get the full picture.

Credit information with some of the photos is missing!

Indeed! The transition from the old software and database to the new one wasn’t straightforward. Each older entry (and there are over 2000 of them) requires revision and updating to show all of the information that was previously displayed, including photo credit, location, and so on. It’s a slow process, but we are gradually working through the entries. You can see how we are progressing on the monthly archives page.