Welcome to the anchor of my web pages
One may call this my "blog" but I have never liked this word. My activities on the WWW started in 1995 and have all along been focused on the discovery, the classification, and the naming of useful plants in 70 languages. I have published the resulting material on line ever since. Many "bloggers" will know me as the guy behind the now well known M.M.P.N.D. ( http://www.plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/Sorting/List_bot.html ) because they quote me often enough. Many scientists and plant enthusiasts also are very familiar with my work. It is rewarding to know that one is working for others with similar interests. This has increased greatly lately when I joined flickr. A pretty well organized community of people getting together via photography. Its combined potential with the work going on at the M.M.P.N.D. is mind blowing.
The difficulties with the base server of the M.M.P.N.D. have now been overcome. If the occasional file does not display correctly the characters with diacritics (accents and such) it is simply a matter of changing the "character encoding" of your browser to "Western Window" or "Western ISO..." . Those problematic files were constructed in a "Window" platform at a time when UNICODE was not fully developed, and became incompatible with the new software. From 2012 except for the 2 links mentioned below any attempt to link to a file in this directory: plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/new will automatically be redirected to the base server: A weight that we still have to pull for a while are those names in picture form. Some like the Chinese characters look better than the fonts but one cannot search on them. They were vital in the 1990's in order to get the site going but we are gradually phasing them out using Unicode fonts instead. Burmese and Sinhalese and a few other languages from South East Asia are still not fully developed though, so we'll display the names in those languages in picture form until we get decent fonts.
A spot check on the M.M.P.N.D. performance
From 1995 to 2012 a total of 893 genera have been covered. This represents about 175 028 taxa. We conservatively estimate that an average of 16 names per taxon has been compiled. With 2 800 448 vernacular names, this makes the M.M.P.N.D. one of the largest collection of properly (botanically) identified common names of economic plants ever assembled. (Sorting folder: 6744 files total size 53, 471, 775 bytes 14/06/2012).
Below are some of the more advanced pages holding my material.
Here is what I am trying to achieve and preserve in terms of nomenclature. Here is another, better, more recent page: Sorting Euphorbia names and another Sorting Acacia names . An older set of pages still being polished here: < Sorting the names of Conifers > . Now two particularly problematic files which have been in constant review for a number of recent weeks due to their Indian content. The Sanskrit names in particular have raised many new concepts that I was not aware of. Evidently many Indian scholars were in the same position. Our involvement in the efloraofindia online forum ( Discussion string ) has been very beneficial in raising our collective awareness of these linguistic subtleties that very few practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine are familiar with. The files in question (under review and constantly edited) are:
Bacopa monnieri and Centella asiatica.
I am especially impressed by the Yahoo database hosting flickr. My photostream there is under the name "Seeds n Plants Bloke" < Seeds n Plants Bloke photostream >. I can see the potential for a combination of my work on the M.M.P.N.D project with flickr photostreams. Indeed this has already started. The site below on the subject of eggplants is a good example. I haven't yet organized an e-mail address for people to talk to me. Those keen enough can contact me via some of those sites.
This is an example of horticultural note related to the nomenclatural work, and another here in the outreach category < World wide CATALOGUE of EGGPLANTS >.
We welcome any comment, criticism, suggestion.