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PLEASE USE SPARINGLY IN THE SUMMER MONTHS MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUG

(Otherwise I may exceed my 200GB/month bandwidth allocation (when it will cease working until the following month begins)
Search for the following:
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There are now THREE differing ways of searching this website.
Method 1 : Manually typing into the search-box above (detailed near foot of this page)
Method 2 : Clicking on a pre-set search such as toxicity?severe, which is highly specific
Method 3 : Selecting the radio-buttons and checkboxes then clicking 'Search using Checkboxes' below.

Method 3:
There are a mixture of radio buttons and checkboxes. Check (tick) those which apply to your search. Don't forget that all the selected boxes are logically ANDed; therefore the more boxes you check, the fewer the results. If in doubt - check 'Unspecified' or leave blank, otherwise you could end up with either the wrong results or no results. When you have finished, click the final 'SEARCH using CHECKBOXES' button.

JavaScript is required for the check-box search to work

CATEGORIES
CATEGORY SUB-CATS
category?Trees category?Deciduous
category?Shrubs category?Semievergreen
category?UnderShrubs category?Evergreen
category?Crops  ?  Unspecified
category?Grasses      
category?Ferns category?Coniferous
category?Mosses category?Broadleaf
category?Lichens  ?  Unspecified
category?Liverworts      
category?Mushrooms category?Climbers
category?Butterflies category?Crops
category?Moths      
 ?  Flowers / Unspecified      

FLOWER COLOUR
FLOWER INNER 
flower?white inner?white
flower?cream inner?cream
flower?yellow inner?yellow
flower?orange inner?orange
flower?red inner?red
flower?pink inner?pink
flower?azure inner?azure
flower?lilac inner?lilac
flower?purple inner?purple
flower?blue inner?blue
flower?indigo inner?indigo
flower?beetroot inner?beetroot
flower?green inner?green
flower?brown inner?brown
flower?grey inner?grey
flower?black inner?black
           
flower?multicolour      
flower?bicolour      
 ?  Unspecified      

No. of PETALS FLOWERING MONTH
petalsZ0 petals?0 month?jan
petalsZ1 petals?1 month?feb
petalsZ2 petals?2 month?mar
petalsZ3 petals?3 month?apr
petalsZ4 petals?4 month?may
petalsZ5 petals?5 month?jun
petalsZ6 petals?6 month?jul
petalsZ7 petals?7 month?aug
petalsZ8 petals?8 month?sep
petalsZ9 petals?9 month?oct
petalsZ10 petals?10 month?nov
petalsZ12 petals?12 month?dec
petalsZmany petals?many month?allyear
 ?  Unspecified  ?  Unspecified
           
petalsZcleft petals?cleft      

FLOWER TYPE
TYPE
type?trumpet
type?bell
type?tubular
 ?  Unspecified
     
type?clustered
type?fused
type?fringed
type?spurred
     
type?panicle
type?globed
type?catkins
type?umbel
type?tieredwhorls
type?spiked
 ?  Unspecified
  
STEM SHAPE
stem8round stem?round
stem8square stem?square
stem8triangular stem?triangular
stem8angular stem?angular
stem8oval stem?oval
stem8lens stem?lens
 ?  Unspecified
     
stem?spines
stem8hollow stem?hollow
stem8milkysap stem?milkysap
     
stem8fluted stem?fluted
stem8winged stem?winged
stem8ribbed stem?ribbed
 ?  Unspecified

FLORAL SYMMETRY
MORPHOLOGY
morph?actino
morph?zygo
morph?hemizygo
morph?asymmetric
morph?peloric
 ?  Unspecified
  
SEX
sex?dioecious
sex?monoecious
sex?bisexual
sex?male
sex?female
 ?  Unspecified
     
sex?heterostylous

TOXICITY
toxicity?severe
toxicity?high
toxicity?medium
toxicity?lowish
 ?  Unspecified
  
PHYSICAL CONTACT
contact?severe
contact?high
contact?medium
contact?lowish
 ?  Unspecified

RARITY
rarity?uncommon
rarity?scarce
rarity?rare
 ?  Unspecified
  
STATUS
status?native
status?archaeophyte
status?neophyte
status?casual
status?alien
 ?  Unspecified

TEMPORARY FEATURES
pappus?possible

BERRIES
berry?possible
berry?green
berry?yellow
berry?orange
berry?red
berry?brown
berry?white
berry?cream
berry?pink
berry?purple
berry?bluish
berry?black
 ?  Unspecified

ODOUR
GENUS
LATIN FAMILY





METHOD 1:
Manually typing into the search-box at the top of this page

For instance, to search for a five-petalled yellow flower with round stems flowering in April by method 1 use the following search string:
month?apr     flower?yellow     stem?round     petals?5

You can also search for smell, for example smell?cloves
(in any order) providing you adhere to the specific spellings and syntax, as shown by the keys below, (which in particular means putting the single-character wild-card '?' between the object and the search word without spaces), but you may truncate long words with the multi-character wildcard, *.

Search for either the Latin Family Names or English Family Names using 'family?name'.

Search for Genus Name using 'genus?name'

Search for all photographs submitted by any one contributor.

The site is automatically re-indexed only every fortnight, so brand new items may not yet be searchable.

Clicking on one of the table headings will invoke the HELP and KEY (on an extra page) for that selected heading.

Clicking on a single entry such as petals?6 will show you all the search results for flowers with six petals but this is rather pointless (unless you have a narrow screen) because you can get the same results by going to the first column and selecting, for instance, a colour or a month or a stem shape, etc, and in the second column you get the same results and retain the in-frame user-friendliness.

Searching with the search function comes into it's own when searching on two or more parameters, such as given in the the above blue-boxed example.

A simple single-parameter search can be performed simply by clicking in one of the above boxes. More complicated multi-parameter searches, such as the example below, need to be entered manually.

month?jul     flower?blue     type?tiered*     morph?zygo

N.B. Where applicable, flower refers to the colour of the outer petals (if present). In those cases where there are central florets present then inner refers to the colour of those but only if it is of a different colour to that of the outer petals. In cases where there are just petals and no central florets, the inner colour may refer to any change in colour that may occur towards the centre of the petals. Or it may refer to a minor colour present on the flower (stripes, marks, blobs, blotches, or to the stamens/anthers if they are of a prominent colour, etc, anything that may help you identify the flower).

Thus, if the flower you are trying to identify has more than one colour, then use flower for the major colour and inner for the minor colour, otherwise leave inner out of the search altogether. When the flower is of just one colour, the inner colour definition may be absent altogether and in these cases do not search for an inner of the same colour as flower; it wont find any - just leave inner off the search.

SMELL
smell?<odour>
Where <odour> can, at the moment, be any of the following:
aromatic, herb(al), spaghetti bolognese, alcohol, stuffing, honey, (shoe) polish, (new) (mown) hay, resin(ous), roast(ed) peanuts, anise(ed), star anise, ricard, pernod, ouzo, camphor, pleasant, fantastic, wonderful, perfume(y), fragrant, scent(ed), sweet, musk, vanilla, custard, ice cream, spice(y), apple(s), apple pie, dentist, gargle, pungent, mouse(y), putrid, pong(s), awful, vile, evil, stink(s), reek(s), nauseous, rosemary, sage, radish, fish, pine, orange(s), garlic, jasmine, roses, curry, cloves, chives, thyme, marjoram, origano, hops.
example:   smell?custard

You can actually search the entire Wild Flower Website by using just ordinary searches, rather than the particular special keys mentioned above which are highly specific.

SEARCH HINTS

+    include the word following the plus sign as mandatory.

-    exclude the word following the minus sign.

?    wild-card for one letter

*    wild-card for more than one letter

[search-words must not start with a wild card: (? or *)]

[phrase]    match to within a couple of words contained in the [ ] brackets.

{phrase}    match to within several words contained in the { } brackets.

AND    logical AND e.g. (a AND b)

OR     logical OR e.g. (a OR b)

NOT    logical NOT. e.g. NOT a.

[EOR, NAND and NOR are not implemented, but you could construct them yourselves out of those logical operators that do work, such as 'NOT (a AND b)' for 'a NAND b'].

An Advanced Search option can also be invoked. This merely enables logical OR to be used (by using the [and any of these words] input box). It seems to offer no additional functions that cannot be used within the normal search functions.

It is also worth bearing in mind that search engines, much as we all would like, still do not understand English, so rather than entering search strings like 'creeping plant exactly like spreading jenny but with sky-blue pink flowers'. Try re-phrasing it thus instead: -flower?yellow flower?blue flower?pink +petals?5 creeping spreading.

If you are still un-able to find your wild flower (not garden), try submitting a photograph
Submit Your Photo

Where the author will endeavour to identify it for you, if he can.



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