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Re: Common name database

I don't have a suggestion for your question but wanted to comment that I
found it interesting that you would use the common name as the alpha field.
I assume you cohose that because of the way you intend to use the db.

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:43 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Common name database

> I started working on a common name/scientific name database today for
> edible fruit plants. Everything, thus far, from Abelmoschus esculentus
> [okra] to Zyzyphus jujuba [Chinese jujube]. The alpha [controlling]
> field is common name. Other fields are scientific--family, genus,
> species. So far I've got about 1,000 entries. Because common names are
> not mutually exclusive, and because discrete plants may have more than
> one common name, there is a bit of redundancy, which is one of the
> purposes of the database.
> The next two fields I intend to add are "Low USDA Zone" and "High USDA
> Zone" to indicate gross range of adaptation. This, of course, needs a
> modifying wet/dry indicator of some sort because some plants thrive in
> zone 9 Mediterranean and other thrive in zone 9 subtropical and neither
> do well in the other's environment. But I haven't figured out how to
> learn and/or indicate that, except by the plant's origin.
> Any suggestions [except "Seek professional help" I mean]?
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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