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I like that, hope its gets implemented. For the Tonina example, it works well because there are entries in both categories.

What about the case of a plant like Hemigraphis 'traian' - would you keep an entry for Hemigraphis and then have a synonym to the proper name? Probably not, because then you'd have 2 entries for one sp and start clutter.. H.traian and Sao Fransisco Irecienu will be harder for me to find once they get proper names without doing a freeform search.

Is it possible to have a keyword search against tags/synonyms? I can imagine a sloppy but fast to implement kludge that leverages all.php to make a rich target for a (yes, not efficient) search using preg_grep or strcmp. Or a proper db search, not sure how the plantfinder's text is organized and what you can do with descriptive fields.
 

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There would be no entry titled Hemigraphis 'traian'. But, you'd be able to search for it in the genus field and the entry with the right name would come up. So, one entry, two or more ways to get there.

Does that answer your question? I'm afraid that some of the rest of what you wrote there is over my head. :)
yeah it does, maybe I'm still fuzzy on this : what if there are no sp. entered under Hemigraphis? Say the lone entry for H.traian is given a good ID in another genus, then I think that there would be no entry for Hemigraphis in the genus pulldown. Is that right?

forget the other stuff, just rambling. I'm probably not the only coder who stares at pages and thinks of random ways to tweak the logic or interface. I have to say that for what it does, plantfinder is my favorite. I like the general design, and its quicker to find something than other aquatic plant databases. I'm sure I havent seen them all though. :)
 

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okay, I follow now and can imagine how that could be implemented. It would be easy if the tables which hold the plantfinder's data had a certain type of design.
 
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