How to create new specimen records
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There are three ways to add new specimen records to your collection.

 
The first way is to find the appropriate botanical name in the taxonomic checklist and press the create new specimen button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the view. This works best if you know the true botanical name.
The second way is to search the vernacular list for the common name of the plant, then press the create new specimen button. This works well if you're unsure of the proper spelling of the botanical name or if you only know the common name.
The third way is to press the new specimen button at the bottom of the specimen list. This works best when you know the full botanical name of the specimen to be added.

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All three methods will switch to the Identification View where you can complete the proper identification of the plant.

 
For plants with common names, one or more common names will automatically appear in the common name list.

For well-defined botanical names, the family is automatically looked up and filled in.

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Once the specimen is properly identified, you can proceed to any of the other data entry views to add supportive data about the new specimen. Which data you collect is of course dependant upon your interests and goals.

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Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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