Unhealthy Plant Reports

Unhealthy Plant Reports

Share Your Observations

Your contributions can lead to new discoveries! Share your observations to help monitor for new pest and disease outbreaks. Have you seen an unhealthy plant lately? We want to know! Your observation could be the first of its kind!

Be Involved

We use Inaturalist.org to collect and monitor observations and reports. Share your observations by capturing and adding photos to the projects listed below.

  • Download the inaturalist app on your smart device.

  • Check out the super-nice instructions to the right (or below).
  • Join one or both of the projects below.
  • Add observations to inaturalist and tag the projects.

Getting Started · iNaturalist.org

Sometimes, its useful to think of the Tree of Life as a family tree. Just like your parents are the common ancestor of you and your brother, the taxonomic genus Typical Ladybeetles is the common ancestor of the Seven Spotted Ladybeetle and the California Ladybeetle.

Protect Biodiversity

The Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR) contains exceptional biodiversity that is important to protect because of the services and products it provides.

However, there are also many threats to the health of the plants in this region. For example, Phytophthora cinnamomi is an introduced microbe that causes Protea root rot and ‘destroys’ many plant species in the GCFR. In addition, the PSHB beetle is on its way to this region, but we have very little understanding of the effects it will cause.

Monitoring these threats is critical for protecting the biodiversity. The more people monitoring, the better we will be able to detect a new threat early enough to control it.