As the world of houseplants and ornamental varieties continues to flourish, many people now seek more than species identification. Our new 'Varieties' model responds to this demand and offers you a unique opportunity to gain a competitive advantage. With this expansion of the Plant.id, you can easily integrate enhanced plant identification into your product.
The world of varieties and cultivars is vast, so we've carefully selected the most common ones, totaling 819 classes. Most of the classes in this model are taxonomic cultivars (cultivated varieties), such as Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'. But the model includes other taxonomical levels, here's a breakdown and the corresponding number of classes:
Number of Classes
Crassula sarcocaulis subsp. rupicola
Citrullus lanatus var. citroides
Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'
Juniperus scopulorum Spartan™, Dianthus barbatus Green Trick®, Salvia Mystic Spires
These taxonomic levels may be combined, following the sequence Subspecies > Variety > Cultivar/Trade Name. Here are some examples:
Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Brasil'
Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'
Yucca gloriosa var. tristis Walberton's® Bright Star
We have used Garden.org as the authority for cultivated taxa (cultivars and trade names) and Gbif.org as the authority for wild-growing taxa (subspecies and varieties).
How to implement it
A new parameter, classification_level, is introduced (see the Documentation). This parameter allows you to customize the level of scientific names returned in the response. There are three options:
classification_level = all: genus, species and infraspecies names (for example Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Brasil')
classification_level = species: genus and species epithet (for example Philodendron hederaceum); this is the default option
classification_level = genus: genus only (for example Philodendron)
We didn't really plan on blogging about yet another Plant.id model upgrade. But we can't help ourselves and have to share the great results. In addition to increasing the number of classes from 33,325 to 35,756, we are excited that performance has improved significantly in Europe and North America.