The story of an ID
I put this photo up on a thread a little while ago asking for an ID. I had already looked for awhile using Miss Google, Cactiguide.com, deserttropicals.. I sometimes find this ID process overwhelming. I am not that knowledgeble about many families. I know Opuntias fairly well, not great.
I did get a responce from Microthix stating Copiapoa tenuisissima,which was VERY close ( thank you), but not quite right so I looked through it and its family but something was not quite right with any of them. I had already gone through ID by Habit on Cactiguide.com. I got a lot of "close" but not a zinger. I went back to the different habits and then cross referenced the ones that were close and looked through all of their family. Some how I missed my little guy.
Up comes the thread on the Huntington show from last year and 11 pictures down was one that had a similar habit but it had no small needle clusters protruding from the cotton but VERY close. Rose gave a family name of Eriosyce and I was off and running to the internet to google my life away. I came up with Eriosyce odieri with tiny white needles protruding in a vertically oriented opposing pattern. I think this is a Zinger. Here I did find my little guy. I am 80% sure it is him. Maybe more.
I also found a site of many habitat photos from Chili. I will share this GREAT site. I saw many of my little guy and his brethren in the wild. They flatten out when excessively dry. They become almost invisible in the ground.
I have told my story about my ID.. It might not be over but I think it might. I tell it because I want to share about how I go about my ID's. It is not the most scientific way and I don't really have many good cacti books
I would like to hear about how you go about an ID. Tell me a story of a good ID , the more complicated , the better. The more different avenues of knowledge garnering, the better.
I have come to recognize that I need better WORDS for the parts of the little critters. Describing things as "not quite right" just doesn't cut it. Maybe actually READING a book on them from start to finish would help. (I prefer books with plots)
Here is a link that might be useful: Great Flicker site with Chilean habitats
This post was edited by wantonamara on Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 23:24