The videos I’m producing under the title ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ are really just saying things I’ve said before but in a different way. That’s very true for the latest.
But, sometimes you have to keep finding ways to say the same thing even though it appears to be having no impact at all.
Choose any search engine and an image search for ‘deadly nightshade’ will produce many pictures of Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade, rather than Atropa belladonna, deadly nightshade. There are so many it would be unfair to pick out specific examples.
It seems that the blog in June 2011 that was one of the first I wrote and the September 2011 entry when I returned to the point with more images are well worth re-working as a video in the hope of making a small difference to the number of errors getting made.
As well as trying to help with differentiating these two plants, I think this raises the issue of the many problems that can arise from using common names rather than botanical names.
Perhaps, rather than raging against people who pick an image without checking that it is correctly identified I should vent my spleen on all those who persist in claiming that plants have Latin names and, thus, help ignorance to survive.
Here’s the video.
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