Palm OS Pocket Plant IdentifierDavid O'Callaghan <ocalladw at tcd dot ie>
Here is the sequence of steps to find the Corn Poppy:
At this point we can turn to the section on Papavaraceae. There is a description of the general attributes of plants in this family. Another key leads us to the appropriate genus:
There is then another description, general to all plants in this family, and another key:
Here we have come to the end of the search for the corn poppy.
2 Groups at top level: seed plants ferns Within seed plants: 6 groups Within ferns: 1 group
These 7 groups are somewhat evenly divided in number of questions (between 20 and 60). This may have little bearing on the actual number of plants possibly referred ton in a group.
This top-level index/key leads the user to a family or a genus within a family.
Family > Genus > Species
The information is divided very unevenly amongst these categorisations: Some families are represented by only one or two species. Others have tens of genera each with multiple species.
Seperating data at the genus level may lead to too much fragmentation. The family level would be more suitable.
Family Name, Description, Key Genus+
The family-level key leads the user to a genus within this family.
Genus Name, Description, Key Species+
The genus-level key leads the user to a species within this genus.
Species Latin Name, other latin names, Introduced(no, probably, certainly), english name, irish name, time of flowering, description [could be further divided?], ground type, distribution
This rough definition has lead to a formal definition written as an XML DTD.