TAGS! What for? Help for searches. Add words someone might want to know that are not in the caption or description that can be helpful in a search. No spaces if you want the search to cover more than one word. e.g. Use an underline if you want to join a genus with a particular species. Use the location box for where the plant was photographed. Helps us understand the conditions where it grows.
Blogs are reserved for articles and need my approval before they will appear. (This is primarily just to keep the site organized.) but if anyone enjoys writing about plants or their trip to Borneo, bring it on!
Potential members: You MUST fill the questionnaire completely to join. It's our way to insure you are not a hacker and protects us and you as a member. This is a private website for plant lovers, not a wide open social site like FaceBook. You have complete and simple control over what you share (check "settings" in the left hand top box ). It is entirely up to you to decide if you want email alerts about posts that interest you in your mailbox! There is a check box at the bottom of every thread or use your preference settings. There are no ads or personal information sharing.
The way to have this site work for you is to contribute photos and topics that interest YOU. I am very gratified to those of you who jump right in with pictures, posts or questions!
Remember the topics of discussion are member driven. If you want to talk about something that interests you in the broad tropical arena, POST IT in the forum or add a photo!!
Unless you are a registered member and SIGNED IN you will only be able to view this home page.
Photos are easily lost unless you put related selections in albums. Please title with at least a genus, common name or "unknown" for search purposes;
This is a very user-friendly site. You can add your own wallpaper (should you not feel "pretty in pink" :-) ) to your personal page, tell us about yourself. You are free to link to your own web site in your profile or use the badge to link a website back to this site.
Problems? Send a message to: Kirsten (mouse over and click on my avatar wherever it appears. You can click on links in green to go straight to any member's profile or topic or do a search by name in Members. )
is here to help you with technical or computer problems, he actually enjoys helping people learn about technology, so don't be afraid to ask him for tech help.
MOUSE OVER is the way to find names and controls here, i.e. Try it on the slide show for titles.
This website is intended to help the gardener, hobbyist, trade, horticulturist and botanist share information about tropical flowering plants with an emphasis on tracking down accurate IDs as in my book: "Tropical Flowering Plants, A Guide to Identification and Cultivation". Print publications are limited by the high cost of printing color photos. On the web there are few restrictions and the information can be updated as needed. The beauty of the web is that it is interactive so everyone is invited to contribute plant images and info that intrigue them. We want this site to be as reliable as possible so please have an understanding the site is edited for current names and accuracy. No one can do this alone so I often call on experts in various fields as well as the sharp eyes of experienced members.
Gardens and plant societies and their members are invited to submit articles and post their up-coming events. Tropical and subtropical shrubs, trees and vines as well as palms, orchids, aroids, gingers and heliconias are welcome. Heck. we welcome discussion on all that appeals to tropiphiles including scenic views of gardens, cultivation and landscaping.
The essence of an interactive site is that members contribute to the discussion or gallery. If the topics diverge from what interests you then just introduce alternative discussions. That encourages others with similar interests to join in.
RULES: We encourage everyone to participate. All that is required is sticking to plant topics and common courtesy. We have no problem with lively, but civil, discussion. If you disagree remember even the experts can be in error sometimes! (Trust me!) And it's a big help if people LMK if (make that WHEN!) I make errors as I can't possibly know all there is to know about what gets posted here and then some! If at times I should sound curt or overbearing :<( I probably stayed up all night "doing research" or, more likely, have sore feet from dancing salsa!) :-) I beg forgiveness in advance.
Identification or verification can be a lot of work and involve consulting experts. So clear unmanipulated photos are preferred. Since I do not have the plant here in front of me, I will need photos, to the extent possible, with clear views of the unusual details, leaves, fruits as well as flowers and habit that help confirm an ID. It helps if you add details such as photo location in the description. Information like size of the plant, climate and altitude narrow down where some plants are likely to be found. As for manipulating photos, I don't mind if you like to erase power lines and clean up things that are unaesthetic (though unnecessary), but, it IS important to keep the plants in their natural condition. For automatic settings be sure to turn off those vivid settings. Close ups may make very cool and abstract pix but be sure to add other photos showing the whole flower, leaves and plant form. With current digital technology, any amateur can produce fabulous photos and show enough details ito be convincingly identified. Take your time moving around for the best shot when you take the photo and you won't need to manipulate it on the computer. ;-)
Feel free to give your opinion but know we weigh all opinions. It is helpful if you supply trustworthy back up. Beware! even garden name tags are not always accurate or current! The plants offered at Big Box stores often are dressed up to make sales ("Sexy Pink" is a heliconia that can't be grown outside in SFL winters but sells by the bucket-load - why are we so gullible? :-)) and maintained by people who take no responsibility for correct plant IDs and probably have no clue if what they offer will thrive in your area. So beware. But occasionally you just MIGHT pick up something cool and cheap if you have trained your eyes OR POST A PIC HERE FOR DISCUSSION FIRST!). All nurseries are NOT created equal. We all have horror stories about vendors with snazzy webpages but disappointing cultural and sales tactics so we appreciate learning about awesome nurseries you find knowledgeable and trustworthy. We work hard not to perpetuate errors in the manner of certain websites where a majority of guesses determines an ID. That is not the scientific way. We welcome references to worthy back up information and trustworthy botanical web sites and experts.
My comments are meant to enlighten all who go here. I am not always able to determine who is a graduate botanist and who an enthusiastic new gardener. If you are a specialist in a particular field please let us know when you post. I will be happy to help anyone with rules of naming plants (nomenclature). It's easy. Capitalization and punctuation reveal important bits of information (see forum for discussion). Spelling counts when doing an on-line search. Even common names are often helpful.
When posting please use the image icon in the comment box - it is the SECOND icon from the left when you mouse over it the word IMAGE will appear!
NEVER infringe on the copyright of others. You MUST have permission and give credit.
An occasional link to a reputable site is permissible. (CAUTION, the web is loaded with dubiously named and/or incorrect photos. Check "Notes" for an on-line list of reliable botanical databases.) I have a strong preference for original photos. You were there, after all, and can vouch for the location and habitat, cultivated or natural.
I reserve the right to republish any image submitted to this site in illustration of an article anywhere else on this site or for scientific non-commercial presentations I give. Credit will be given. I like to publish samples of interesting and awesome images in our headliner box above! Only signed in members get to view them all!
Any issues other than plant discussion should be sent to Chris or me PRIVATELY.
Nobody is perfect or unapproachable here. If you want to see threads going in a direction that interests YOU, all you have to do is start a new topic so you don't feel left out. LET"S HAVE FUN doing what we love to do.
I was Editor of the JUNGLE FORUM at www.tropicsphere.com . The web name I used was "Kit" and many people still call me by that name. There is a wealth of contributions and images from TS members since 2004. [Unfortunately the webmaster has deactivated the forum but check for links to Tropicsphere when you do a Google search.]