Iplantz started so that people in warm climate countries can access information on useful tropical and subtropical plants, including where they grow best. The reasoning is that the more knowledgeable we are about useful plants and where they grow, the better equipped we are when selecting plants for food, medicine and materials. Not only to feed, clothe, house and heal us but also to create economic opportunity.
The iplantz website features trees, shrubs and herbs that are useful to humans in some way, whether as food, medicine, material or in providing a service. And that will also thrive in warm climates, be it tropical, subtropical or Mediterranean.
There are a couple of reasons for this. The main reason is the focus of the iplantz website on plants for tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean climates. As a result, only countries and towns within these climate regions are featured. Another reason is the lack of climate data for some towns, resulting in their omission. There are currently 3,532 towns in the database. If you would like to recommend a town to include on the website, please use the contact form to let us know.
Where a tree or plant species will grow and be productive is generally determined by the type of climate, fertility of the soil and how well it drains. Of these variables, iplantz has reasonable access only to climate data, including the air temperature, rainfall and length of the dry season.
Climate data stored for a tree or plant species, representing the climate it thrives in, is automatically cross-referenced against the climate of all towns in the database, and where there is a match, the town is published to Google Maps. There is no consideration given to soil fertility or soil drainage at the town level.
The climate variables used to determine whether a particular tree or plant species is a match for a town and will grow and be reasonably productive there include:
Annual high temperature
Annual low temperature
Low of the coldest monthAbsolute low
Signing up on the website allows you to upload photos of plants (and their uses) that can then be shared with the iplantz community.
This website is provided for general information only. Iplantz makes no statements, representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of the content of this website and does not accept any liability to you or any other person for the information which is provided or referred to on this website.
In particular, Iplantz does not represent or warrant that any dataset or the data it contains is accurate, authentic or complete, or suitable for your needs. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of datasets and their contents.
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