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Question:
I have some photos of a plant, and I need help identifying the plant.

Answer:
Add an observation record to Calflora with your photos attached, and put this observation into the PLANT ID HELP group.
Other people in this group may be able to help identify the plant.

1. Register as a contributor.
2. Join the PLANT ID HELP group.
3. Add an observation with one or more photos attached. Use the Plant Observation Entry application (POE) to add your photo(s) and the location.
Here are specific instructions for adding a record.

If your photo is already on the web, you can simply paste in the URL. If your photo is on your computer, you can upload it.

If you have a hypothesis as to what the plant is, for instance the genus, enter it into the Scientific Name field. Otherwise, enter unknown.

4. Put your observation into the PLANT ID HELP group. In POE, select PLANT ID HELP from the Organization drop down.
5. Wait for comments; check group activity. If another member of the group has an idea about what the plant is, they will write a comment on your record. When this happens, you will likely receive an email from Calflora saying that there are comments on your record.

To make sure that Calflora will send an email when there are comments on your records, go to My Calflora / Preferences, and check send email about comments on my records

Here is an example of an observation detail page showing comments: record #cbo25494

You can also go to My Calflora / Comments, and search for any comments on your observation records.

You can also check the activity for the PLANT ID HELP group.

6. Change the name of the plant
in your observation.
If you receive a suggestion about the name of the plant in your photo, and you accept the suggestion, you can change the name of the plant in your observation record.

Editing a record: Once you have entered an observation, you can find it again with the My Observations application. Click on the ID, and then click edit in the menu that opens -- you will begin editing the record in POE,

Edit your record, and enter the new name into the Scientific Name field.

If you want any other Calflora user to be able to see your record, set Access by others to published.