How to fill in the Factsheet Template for Seed Identification Guide (SIG)
- Use plain English words as much as you can, considering end-users who may or may not have botany training or are an international audience.
- Please use standard terminologies for feature descriptions in the glossary of SIG or description charts for shape, surface texture, and colour.
- Describe the features on dispersal units that would be considered typical for the species, i.e. mature, intact, and exhibiting identifying features, but include observations on the range of natural variation.
- The template sections are mandatory when labeled with an asterisk “*”
Template section explanation and examples:
*Scientific Name: names of Family, Genus, Species, and Author
Using the current name from a reliable and reputable naming source: e.g.,
- GRIN (https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysearch.aspx )
- Catalogue of Life (http://www.catalogueoflife.org/ )
- GBIF (https://www.gbif.org/ )
- ITIS (https://www.itis.gov/ )
- IPNI:(http://www.ipni.org/ipni/plantnamesearchpage.do )
The Plant List (http://www. theplantlist.org/ )
Solanum carolinense L. (pop up for genus, species, and author)
Solanaceae (pop up for family name)
Optional, if synonyms add value for end-users, e.g., newly changed names
Optional, if the common name(s) adds value or convenience for end-users. Language associated with the common name must be indicated.
morelle de la Caroline (French)
This field is for “Index Keywords”, which will aid in indexing, searching, or sorting. It could be regulatory importance, special usages for stakeholders such as sponsors’ or partners’ needs.
Example: Canadian Weed Seeds Order
This field is for “Index Keywords”, which will aid in indexing, searching, or sorting. It could be “Accreditation” importance, special usages for stakeholders such as sponsors’ or partners’ needs.
Example: Registered Seed Technology (RST) (https://www.analyzeseeds.com/)
Described species distribution information of the native or naturalized locations with references.
Examples: Native to eastern North America, from Ontario to northern Mexico, and introduced in Japan and India (Bassett and Munro 1986, USDA-ARS 2016).