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Category Proposal - Lycopod Plant Localities

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Hi,

 

Under the category Nature/Plants we find only a few subcategories, so this is an attempt to add at least one more subcategory here.

 

Lycopods in the broad sense is the oldest extant group of vascular plants at around 410 million years old, their heyday was in the Carboniferous so much of the coal we dig up today is from this group of plants.

 

But today they are rare, and in addition they are easily overlooked, they don't have beautiful flowers, they are not grown as crops and actually they are rarely grown at all because outside the tropics the are quite hard to grow.

 

Please let me know what you think? I relealise that lycopods (clubmosses, firmosses, quillworts, etc) are not very well known but in my opinion that it exactly what makes them eligible as a category - while for instance a grass category might not be relevant.

 

I've created a group already - please join of you're interested.

 

Best regards, Hans Olav

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I think it would be helpful if you would explain a lycopod better and explain what would be waymarked, what the waymark requirements would be. How will I know when I find one, since they are so rare? How limited geographically will these waymarks be?

 

Thanks!

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Lycopods are clubmosses, firmosses, quillworts and similar plants - often desscribed as "fern allies" they are an intermediate group between proper mosses and proper vascular plants.

 

The category of course must be provided with some relevant sample pictures such as this one:

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and of course to log it a picture must be uploaded (much as with the carnivorous plant category).

 

And while they are indeed rare outside the tropics they are by no means limited geographically; the only areas where they don't occur are in very arid areas - both hot and cold. The only continent where they are not found is Antarctica, and for instance they are not found in Sahara nor in the permanently iced interior of Greenland.

 

And one question from myself: Would it be OK with a category for both existing and fossil finds of lycopods ? I find it one of the intriguing facets that they span such an immense period of time (400 million years).

 

Best regards, Hans Olav

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This sounds kind of interesting, but also very special and maybe too complicated and tricky for a non-specialist like me or most other average waymarkers.

 

Very narrow special interest categories can have their place in Waymarking, but it is not predictable how the community will treat such a proposal.

 

I think your other proposal "Recreated Forest Wetland Areas" had much more potential. The idea was not bad and it was well received by most voters. The problem was the technical quality of the category description and posting instruction that was sub-standard. This is something that can be improved easily. (BTW: A Lycopod category would have to meet the same criteria, probably even more, because when people first have to look up the subject, they become more suspicious.)

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Hi fi67,

 

Thank you very much for your information. Can I press you to be a little more specific on the "Recreated Forest Wetland Areas" comments - I'd like to improve the description...

 

Best regards,

Hans Olav

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Hi fi67,

 

Thank you very much for your information. Can I press you to be a little more specific on the "Recreated Forest Wetland Areas" comments - I'd like to improve the description...

 

Best regards,

Hans Olav

 

Hans,

If you start a new forum thread for your category that was denied in peer review, AND post the complete write-up, we can give you feedback. Also take into consideration the comments provided in peer review.

 

We don't have access to the category description and requirements any more, so it would be very helpful for you to provide that information so we can help you.

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