"Vinca major, with the common names bigleaf periwinkle, large periwinkle, greater periwinkle and blue periwinkle, is species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae, native to the western Mediterranean. Growing to 25 cm (10 in) tall and spreading indefinitely, it is an evergreen perennial, frequently used in cultivation as groundcover."
"Brugmansia pittieri (Golden Angel's Trumpet) is a species of plant in the Solanaceae family. It is endemic to Ecuador. Since March 2014, it has been listed as Extinct in the Wild by the IUCN but before that,it was listed as Vulnerable. --- It is sold and grown as a garden plant, described as a large subtropical shrub capable of growing to 20 feet in height. It has large yellow or white blooms that emit a fragrance at night. --- Synonyms: Brugmansia affinis Brugmansia aurea Datura aurea Datura affinis"
Yeah, I guess we were just in the right place at the right time. We were snorkeling and he was probably about 30 ft deep, so lucky again that the water was somewhat clear. Probably, the only one we'll see in the wild.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.