Most of you don't know it but every time you type a search term into a search engine there are companies who are taking note of every word you type! Those companies make that information available to webmasters in order to allow them to make their websites more search friendly. But you should be aware, the search engine does not understand your question! It does not translate a question, it is looking for individual words. Only words! And believe me, people try to "talk" to their computer which only confuses their search! We can't tell who asked the question, but I can tell where they were logged onto the computer from in the world including city, state, and country. I maintain a tropical plant website. As a result I have access to the search terms that bring people to my website. And people ask "the darndest" things! I see long winded questions that only send the search engine on a wild search! No wonder those people rarely find what they are seeking! Those questions, especially full sentences, only produce chaos. Here's an example of a question someone in the world typed into Google today: "names of rare tropical plants found in rain forests all over the world". The search engine begins looking for anything with the word "names", "tropical", "plants", "found", "rain", forests", "over", and "world". It does not look for word relationships. It just might get lucky and find that very sentence somewhere on the internet, but that is highly unlikely! If you type such a question into a search engine you'll just get back mostly gibberish! It is not likely you'll find what you were attempting to find. Be specific! If you are looking for a plant use the plant's name if at all possible. Don;t use vague terms like "a plant with leaves"! And I don't mean use common name. Try to find the scientific name if at all possible, it makes a difference. But if you don't know the scientific name then try the common name as a last resort. And don't forget to look at the photo section which can be found at the top of most search engines. You have a better chance of finding the plant with a photo if you only know the common name since many plants have the same common name! But remember, many plants have several common names! And once you find a website that may have the answer to your question don't click out of the site if the first page does not contain the answer you are seeking! If you are looking for information regarding impatiens find a good site on impatiens and then search it!! I have many people land on my site by using a bad search term. Sometimes they are looking for travel information but the question is worded so badly they end up on a plant site, but only for a few second! Sometimes I can figure out what they were actually seeking and the answer was right there in front of them. They just needed to search my site a bit more to find it! In the case of my website I have a list of species which can be accessed from any page on the site! Just click on it and scan through! I don't like common names, but I list them! Many plant webmasters do the same thing. I have people search for "a philodendron with red leaves". Well, there is no such thing I'm aware of, but there are several with red petioles. Chances are that was what they were actually seeking! They just didn't look down the list and check the photos. If you don't find what you are seeking on the first search don't just type in the same term in again and again and again! You'll get the same results! Again and again and again! Modify it! I've had people type the same term into a search engine four or five times and they always land on the same page! The crazy part is the plant they were likely seeking was only a page or two away! You just have to look. By the way, many people don't know there may be close to 2,000,000 tropical species in the world! (some sources say there are only 500,000). Many not yet identified to science. If you do a search for "tropical plant" the chances are less than 1 in 2,000,000 you'll find the one you are seeking! Be specific. Dig! Are you looking for a Philodendron, an Anthurium, a fern, an Alocasia? What type of plant are you trying to find! What country is it from? What do you already know about it? Tell the computer, but just be brief! You are not talking to a person with a brain. And one last word. You've already found one of the best plant sites on the internet: UBC! I have contributed to quite a few but have abandoned just about all the rest in favor of this one. This site is maintained by botanically trained people who often step in and redirect the conversation if they feel it is off track. And there are a lot of knowledgeable plant people who answer questions on UBC. Many of the other plant boards are more interested in your monthyly fee than giving you good answers. Some charge for the right to post just about anything and they don't scrutinize much of anything! I've found tons of really bad information on many of those sites and no one seems to care. I've sent the owners the correct information and it just gets ignored! One even threated to sue me because I told them their information was wrong! And they did that after I forwarded an email from one of America's top botanists proving what I was saying. I've seen non-existent "scientific names" at the top of pages. And I've found lots of information that is purely erroneous! You're free to use any website you wish, but in my book, you've already found the best one. You're on it right now! So if you are searching for a plant on the internet use as few words as possible in your search term. Don't use sentences! And think about what you're about to ask the search engine. Does it really make sense to a computer? That computer has tons of "chips" but it is not a brain. There is not a person on the other end! It is only looking for words! So give it words that will lead to what you are seeking! But sometimes it will get you close enough to the answer you are seeking anyway! It is right in front of you. You just have to look a tiny bit deeper than the first webpage. And just as I posted this someone in the world typed in "species of elephant ear plants". I'd bet the computer sent them on a wild goosechase on that one! First, "elephant ear" means nothing. Some Alocasia species are called elephant ears, some Xanthosoma sp. are called elephant ears, some Philodendron sp. are called elephant ears! That person found a Xanthasoma on my website but stayed less than 5 seconds. I'll bet they are still looking for a "list" of names somewhere!