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Re: Common name database

That's part of it. Most of these plants are known primarily by common name. Who knows Abelmoschus esculentus
is okra? It can, or course, be searched and ordered on any of the fields. At present, I have it sorted by [a] genus and [b] species, so when I add USDA zones it's not a scavenger hunt.

On Jul 24, 2005, at 3:01 PM, kmrsy wrote:

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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