You can now choose up to three common name lexicons to view at once

Three happens to be just the amount I switch between, this is perfect :)

Very cool! I figured I could use this to learn the local indigenous names for the wildlife around me and I immediately see a problem with that…

I have no idea how to pronounce those Squiggles. I guess I have to learn the Cherokee alphabet first… :sweat_smile:

On a related note, when I look at my observations on my Edit Observations list, these non-standard letters do not display correctly. It appears only the first one in each word does and the rest is just showing a placeholder symbol. Here’s an examples of what I’m seeing (it seems to work fine in other places):


Cool. I’ve since optimized Scientific over English, but it looks really odd to have the epithets capitalized.

Would it be possible if Scientific Name is selected, to have the correct capitalization? Maybe Italics as well?

Further, if the scientific name is first, could the common name be in the smaller font and in parentheses (as the Scientific name is for other options)? And it’s redundant to repeat the scientific name.

It currently looks like this:
Genus Species · Common Name (Genus species)
But I would prefer this:
Genus species (Common Name)

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Not sure if this is in the same context, but what I think you want is what it looks like for me already:

Browser issue?

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Saved these settings: Doesn’t seem to display “6 Letter Flora Codes”

is there a way to edit (or remove) the locality we’d selected with the previous place-based system? (i previously had my account set to display names used in Iceland, and on the taxon page of any taxon that has an Icelandic name set to Iceland, i now see “AKA [name] (Icelandic)” in smaller print under the main title, regardless of which [or how many] common name lexicons i select, even when i turn common names off altogether)

(edit: the AKA subtitle seems to go away if i set my common name lexicon to Icelandic (Iceland) and only that, but if i set any other lexicons in addition to that, then the name is just duplicated in the main title and the subtitle)

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Yes, that’s what I’d like to see!
But wherever on the site, it looks like the way I’ve described it.
I’m using Firefox if that makes a difference. (Update: Looks the same in Chrome and Edge)

How odd. Do you have your general name preference set as scientific?

That is, not scientific names as part of the three lexicon choices?

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I suspect not many of those have been entered. Which taxa are you looking at? I added one for Quercus macrocarpa and can see it.

That’s definitely an older page (one of the oldest on iNat) so it might need some updating.

Started out looking at random observations and couldn’t find any with the code.
Looked at over 100 Oak species and the Bur Oak was the only one I could find with the code.

OK. I suspect that they just haven’t been added. If you go to the taxon’s page (eg, click on Taxonomy, and scroll down, you can see all the names linked to that taxon. And you can add a name if you like.

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That’s it! Thank you. I just didn’t notice that was even an option until this topic came up.


It appears to be limited to older computers so just another hint that maybe I really need to replace my ancient desktop. I checked the page on my laptop and at work and it all looked fine with newer operating systems. I’m only seeing the placeholder symbols with Windows 7.


Amazing! thank you!

Thank you for doing all this @Tiwane, It is so useful.
I am a student and recorder of local plant names in Botswana. Ive set my preferences to English (1st), Setswana (2nd) and Kalanga (3rd). There are many names in Setswana ( in American Englsh, Tswana) and less in Kalanga. I often get only two names. Englsih and one African language, but I dont know if the African name is Setswana or Kalanga. Whatever it is it comes second. It may help if there is a letter (T) or (K) after the name, to show which language it is.
Is there any hope or possibility of sometime in the future, as processing power increases that we could select 4 or 5 languages or even more for a name. It appears to me that youth in my corner of the world, having become urbanised have very little knowledge of plant names. The knowledge is dying as the elderly pass on. Inat is a wonderful tool for preserving and passing on this knowledge, together with great pictures, It would be wonderful if more names were available at the top of a page rather than buried within the taxonomy page,

Thanks so much again and again,


Probably not, but I think we should show the name’s lexicon (and place) on mouseover. Something we’ve discussed as a next step.

I guess it’s possible, but it would also just make the interface so much more cluttered and difficult to deal with. You can always look at the taxon page or change your preferences to see different names.


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It works for me. You just need to have a font installed on your system that includes those characters. In this case the characters that aren’t displaying are the lowercase Cherokee characters. There are very few fonts that currently include the lowercase Cherokee characters, but some that do are Everson Mono and Galvji (which comes preinstalled on MacOS Catalina and later).


I thought of a use case for this beyond learning local names. If you already know a local name, it is also a shortcut to seeing whether that name has been added (the 6-letter flora codes already discussed are a good example); this way, you can add names as needed without having to check every taxon page.

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