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Observed: 12th March 2012 By: Lucy CorranderLucy Corrander’s reputation in Fungi and LichensLucy Corrander’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Hollow raised bits on the leaves of Alexanders, lighter than the rest of the leaf and dotted with bright yellow . . . looks like pollen or butterfly eggs but is neither. The raised areas with yellow are almost all on the tops of the leaves and with the hollows on the backs - and nothing to be seen inside any of them. Nearly all are rounded but some are long and a bit more solid (as shown). The plants seem healthy.


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Species interactions

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Species with which Puccinia smyrnii interacts


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I changed this from an

I changed this from an invertebrate record to a fungus record for you.

Incidentally, I see that you say that iSpot can't show you the location you want on the map. Can you explain a bit more what the problem is, please?

Did you intentionally hide the exact location? If not, that may be the problem and it can easily be undone by un-checking the little box at the bottom of the map section of the Observation form. If this is the problem, I can tell you how to avoid it in future too if you like.

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Puccinia smyrnii and iSpot map

Thanks for the ID, Jonathan. I've looked up pictures of Puccinia smyrnii and, since they all show it on alexanders, I'm sure you are right.

About the map.

Has it been changed? I've always had a little difficulty where the location is not on a road and have generally gone with a road nearby. However, today, I just couldn't get a 'fix' as it were on the map. Over and over, I got a little notice come up to say - can't remember exact words but, basically, there was no reference, try again. I even tried typing the names of nearby roads but still wouldn't work - only for a specific house number on a main road - which was clearly a completely different environment from a hedgerow on an old railway line.

About the 'hide specific location' - I only ticked that after failing to get a precise location on the map. Fortunately, despite failing with the map, 'Rodwell Trail' came up on the list of ready-made options. However, the Rodwell Trail itself goes through a variety of habitats - reeds, gorsey areas, mixed hedgerow, sycamore woodland . . . so just saying 'Rodwell Trail' probably isn't a lot of help to people wanting to know the kind of environment in which any particular plant / fungus can be found.

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Well its not changed

Well its not changed recently, but a few months ago we added to the options for recording where your observation was made. The ones I can think of are:
1. You can type in the name of a place you have used before and this will bring up a match that you can then select
2. You can type in the lat/long if you know it (not to be advised really)
Then if you select the 'Use Map" button you can:
3. Enter an OS map reference
4. Enter a place name that Google will look up for you
5. Click on the map and zoom in to the location you want.
6. Finally, if you have GPS on your camera, iSpot will read the location automatically.

Hopefully in this list there are things that you have not tried that will help you.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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location names

I wonder if the problem is to do with the location names that come up automatically when you click on the Google map. You should be able to click on the "Use map" map wherever you want to in order to show the exact location of your observation, but what Google does is to come up with an automatic location name that is usually based on the nearest postal address. For instance, you may have clicked on a precise point in the middle of a field away from any roads or buildings, but Google may still suggest "A359" or another road name as the location name. It does this even if you click in the sea!

This can of course be helpful if you're recording in an urban area, but if you don't want to use the name that Google has come up with you can type over it, for example to give a nature reserve name. This won't affect the lat/long coordinates, and the pin on the map will remain in the correct place where you originally positioned it.

I'm not sure what caused the error message notice to appear, about there being "no reference", if that happens again could you contact us with the exact details and we'll look into it - thanks.

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