"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" - Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
What the great bard wrote is probably true, but in the world of stock photography, a customer looking for a photo of a rose probably wouldn’t be very satisfied if all he found is a picture of a tulip. Naming things correctly and unambiguously is important. You will want to differentiate your flowers from everyone else’s flowers.
Now, unless you are a botanist or horticulturist by trade, we don’t expect you to recognize the more rare plants or to know their exact species and cultivar, but knowing the genus or even the family will help. Keep in mind that if a flower sort of looks like another flower that you know, it is most likely related to that one. Also, if you are photographing plants...
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