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Is this linking to Galinsoga quadriradiata - is there something I need to know?
A lichen ménage à trois - http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6297/337
Some say it's time to throw the textbook understanding of lichens out the window.
"Now there will be more chaos, more confusion in lichenology ,...."
... with iSpot's taxonomic database.
However, comparing the relatively glabrous leaf of this plant with your recent observation makes me wonder whether yours is G. quadriradiata. (I haven't yet learned to tell them apart.)
I used the field guide that I have as a reference but would like to see the original ID data to be sure. My pics aren't always very good - but I'm trying to find bits where the defining criteria are present - lots of fun meanwhile.
I can't see it linking to Galinsoga quadriradiata, perhaps a short glitch?
The Wikipedia, EOL and NBN links go to this.
sorry I had not noticed that
... but that won't be fixed until we find people confident enough with the identification to agree with the second one and promote it to the likely ID.
The short answer is that G. parviflora should not be linked to G. quadriradiata, but there is a longer explanation for why this happened - read on if you wish! And do let me know if I've misunderstood any of this.
The version of the UK species dictionary we used for the first few years of iSpot contained two instances of G. parviflora:
The name "Galinsoga parviflora" was first applied by "Cav.", which as far as I can tell is the abbreviation for Antonio José Cavanilles.
But the name "Galinsoga parviflora" was also used by "auct., non Cav.", that is authors other than Cavanilles, and these other authors applied the name parviflora to the plant that we now call quadriradiata.
In the version of the UK species inventory that we used on iSpot for the first few years, both of the above instances of G. parviflora were included, with one pointing to G. parviflora as the recommended name, and the other pointing to G. quadriradiata. In this case iSpot has chosen the wrong instance, hence the unintended links to G. quadriradiata via EoL etc.
Now that iSpot has a more recent version of the UK Species Inventory this problem shouldn't arise again: if you choose G. parviflora now, it will link to the correct name.
Mike: if you want to add another ID to this one, as G. parviflora, please do so and if others can agree with it again we should get the correct links showing in the Likely ID box.
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