Our news will be diverse: analytical, academic, sometimes cheerful, sometimes beautiful and others. Today I would like to present the first analytical review which will concern opportunities for professional florists and amateurs of botany in the most popular social network – Facebook.
I would like to begin the review from a personal story. A few years ago my colleague from Romania started posting nice photos of amazing flowers from flora of his country in the Facebook-group “Ukrainian Botanical Group“. Then I was an active participant there. One time I saw a beautiful Fritillaria (Liliaceae) in his pictures which was identified incorrectly. But Romanian botanists weren’t agreeing with my opinion long time, because they didn’t believe in the possibility of finding the species in the territory of their country. After long discussions, checking a lot of books, articles and herbariums as well as collecting additional data in field, my colleagues accepted my opinion, and we published the article together which you can find here. It was good experience of collaboration for both countries.
So, I would like to inform you about big Facebook groups where you will be able to find a lot of pictures of different plants from all the World, to ask help of experts in plant identification, to post own pictures, to say own opinion etc. I understand that I am not able to mention all groups; therefore I will be grateful to you for any additions in comments.