Most Common R.G. Plant (and Fish, haha!) Observations (Maps). Update 6/20 - oaks, orchids, fish, England, Asia now in comments!

I don’t know how the original poster produced the list, and if there’s a computational way to do it, I’d like to know! Canada only has 13 secondary jurisdictions so I just did mine manually (and discovered that Explore provides the wrong place for Newfoundland and Labrador by default).

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It’d be cool to have a computational way, but I did mine manually, too.

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Could someone please do the countries of the world?

One difficulty with countries of the world is that there are going to be so many species - the type of map I’ve been using wouldn’t really work. Probably a tile map would be ideal. Also, there are a lot more countries than states - ideally there’d be a non-manual way to pull the data. Another minor thing to consider is how it’d display - it’d be harder to show that size map in the forum. If somebody wanted to take a crack at it, it’d be cool, though!

If you are only looking at Needs ID observations, you may see fewer poppies because they get to Research Grade faster, before you see them.

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what program are y’all making these in? I’m tempted to make some for fish…

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I just Google “US map maker” and mapchart.net popped up. It worked pretty well and has a lot of options for colors

Aw man - fish could be really cool! I’ve been using Datawrapper (it’s free), with the assistance of Colorbrewer (also free).

I checked Google for a blank map of South Korea and have been doing everything else manually in Photoshop 7.0. Colors have come from the templates provided on Color Hunt.

I grabbed a map from CanadaMap360 and just stuck it together in a basic image editing software (Paint dot Net), nothing fancy.

I was interested so I tried to make one for Research-Grade Plants in Asia. I expected there to be little overlap between countries since Asia is so diverse in climate, but I was shocked by how extreme it was. Of course, the sample size of many countries is small which affects things a lot. (I think the fewest was Turkmenistan, with 32 RG observations of plants and the top having only 2 RG observations!)

COUNTRY TOP SPECIES
Afghanistan Peacock Poppy (Roemeria pavonina)
Armenia Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)
Azerbaijan Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Bahrain Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Bangladesh Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)
Bhutan Drumstick Primrose (Primula denticulata)
Brunei Raffles’ Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana)
Cambodia Dendrobium aloifolium
China Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera)
Georgia Eastern Sowbread (Cyclamen coum)
Hong Kong Trailing Daisy (Sphagneticola trilobata)
India Crown Flower (Calotropis gigantea)
Indonesia Star of Bethlehem (Hippobroma longiflora)
Iran Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
Iraq Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
Israel Persian Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)
Japan White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Jordan Umbrella Thorn (Vachellia tortilis)
Kazakhstan Box Elder (Acer negundo)
Kuwait False Hawkbit (Urospermum picroides)
Kyrgyzstan Sea-Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
Lebanon Lebanon Cedar (Cedrus libani)
Laos Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior)
Malaysia Tridax Daisy (Tridax procumbens)
Maldives Beach Naupaka (Scaevola taccada)
Mongolia Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica)
Myanmar Common Water Hyacinth (Pontederia crassipes)
Nepal Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
North Korea Annual Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Oman Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)
Pakistan Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)
Palestine Lortet Iris (Iris lortetii)
Philippines Asthma Plant (Euphorbia hirta)
Qatar Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)
Russia Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Saudi Arabia Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)
Singapore Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa)
South Korea White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Sri Lanka Nepenthes distillatoria
Syria Bosom Orchid (Ophrys mammosa)
Taiwan White Beggarticks (Bidens alba)
Tajikistan Caper Bush (Capparis spinosa)
Thailand Tridax Daisy (Tridax procumbens)
Türkiye Hoary Rock-Rose (Cistus creticus)
Turkmenistan Osage-Orange (Maclura pomifera)
United Arab Emirates Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera)
Uzbekistan Henbit Deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule)
Vietnam Common Water Hyacinth (Pontederia crassipes)
Yemen Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

If you want to try this yourself, be warned that if you type some countries into the Location search bar in https://www.inaturalist.org/observations, the bounding box selects a rectangle around the country and not the actual country itself, thereby including observations from nearby countries. To get around this, you have to enter it in the search bar at the top, then click on “View Observations”. Otherwise you get something like this.

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I like making these maps. I made one for orchids in US & Canada. I was surprised by the large number of Crane-fly orchids and relatively low number of Ladies’ Tresses. I combined Ladies’ Tresses species into one color. Here are the specifics:
Great Plains Ladies’ Tresses - Nebraska
Slender Ladies’ Tresses - Kansas
Spring Ladies’ Tresses - Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Unique state species (gray on map)
Florida - Florida Butterfly Orchid
Hawaii - Bamboo Orchid (IN)
Iowa - Showy Orchis
Northwest Territories - North Wind Bog Orchid
Nunavut - Blunt-leaved Rein Orchid
Ontario - Broad-leafed Helleborine (IN)
Yukon - Sparrow’s-egg Lady’s Slipper

(IN) stands for introduced species

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Maybe Spiranthes was less common than expected because the genus is easy to recognize but which species may be hard to figure out? That would keep a lot of them out of research grade.

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It is amazing to me that Alaska shares the same species as Nevada and Utah.

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I looked into it. It likes it cold, so in warmer states of its range it’s found up in the mountains. But not too cold, so in Alaska the observations are along the coast.

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@leytonjfreid @comradejon @whaichi @guerrichache
thank you so much for the tips!! Sorry I took so long to respond :)

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TL;DR: The bluegills have taken over half the states, run (don’t swim)
for your life

Non-Bluegill States:
Washington: Tidepool Sculpin
Oregon: Rainbow Trout
California: Woolly Sculpin
Nevada: Amargosa Pupfish
Idaho: Rainbow Trout
Montana: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Wyoming: Rocky Mountain Cutthroat Trout
Utah: Brown Trout
Arizona: Western Mosquitofish
South Dakota: Fathead Minnow
North Dakota: Fathead Minnow
Missouri: Orangethroat Darter
Arkansas: Longear Sunfish
Tennessee: Smallmouth Bass
Kentucky: Largemouth Bass
Vermont: Pumpkinseed
New Hampshire: Brook Trout
Maine: Brook Trout
Washington D.C.: Eastern Mosquitofish
Florida: Florida Gar
Alaska: Pink Salmon
Hawai’i: Convict Surgeonfish

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The map was worth the wait - that’s another neat one!

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Thanks!

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That’s interesting but even Yucca brevifolia / Joshua tree is also a mojave native- not found in most of the state’s land area, but found near most of its population.