Originally Posted by ronaldhanko
Excellent post - perhaps this could be made a sticky at the beginning of the Identification thread.
Agreed, a very good post and I've added the sticky. Currently I've left it in beginner, but also created a thread in the ID area that links to this one and stuck that, so it is effectively in both places.
I just want to add couple of points of my own.
First photos on the internet. If you post a photo here on OB, or else where on the internet using a name you are not 100% certain of then others
may use that photo to try and ID their
NoID. If yours is not certain their ID will be even more
uncertain and they may then post that somewhere as being the name of theirs and ... the problem of mis-identification gets worse and worse.
Second, not all characteristics are visible in photos. Not long ago Mauro posted two pictures of two different plants that looked pretty similar. When asked the difference he said that the difference was only visible when seen first hand, not in photos. The difference was in the texture
of the petals/sepals and that was not picked up by any photos.
I've seen the the same thing with two of my NoIDs. They look pretty similar to each other in photos... there is
a difference in shape slightly, but not enough that someone might not look at one of them and not think it was the other. However
seeing them in person the colour quality
is different and the difference just does not show through on any photos I can take. Additional the flower size is notably different in person but not noticeable in pictures.
It's important to remember why you can never 100% ID most NoID's unless you have some idea in the first place.
I give all of mine names, but they always have a marker showing they are NoID and whenever I post pictures I always make sure it is clear they are actually a NoID.