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WikiProject Plants
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Superdomain: Neomura
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
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Founded: 20 August 2004
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The following assessment template is placed at the top of each plant-related article's talk page. The parameters are used to assess specific needs for individual articles and are used in the form:

{{WikiProject Plants|class=|importance=}}

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Explanation edit

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Plants}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Plants|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Content assessment for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class plant articles)   FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class plant articles)   A
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class plant articles)   GA
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class plant articles) B
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class plant articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class plant articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class plant articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class plant articles)   FL
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class plant articles) List

For non-standard grades and non-mainspace content, the following values may be used for the class parameter:

Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class plant articles) Category
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class plant articles) Disambig
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class plant articles) Draft
FM (for featured media only; adds pages to Category:FM-Class plant articles)   FM
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class plant articles) File
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class plant articles) Portal
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class plant articles) Project
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class plant articles) Redirect
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class plant articles) Template
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class plant articles) NA
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed plant articles) ???

Analysis edit

Plant articles:
Index · Statistics · Log

The bar below is a color-coded representation of all Project:Plant related articles, grouped by classes within the quality scale detailed lower on this page.

  • 2.8% List-Class
  • 64.9% Stub-Class
  • 26.2% Start-Class
  • 4.7% C-Class
  • 1% B-Class
  • 0.1% GA-Class
  • 0.1% FA-Class
  • 0% remaining

Quality scale edit

Additional class used in this WikiProject:

Taxon-specific quality guidelines edit

WikiProject Plants has some project-specific guidelines for quality levels related to taxon pages (species, genera, families, and others) to better streamline the categorization of these types of articles by their quality.


  • Only a sentence or two of information, but at least including its distribution
  • Few or no references
  • Often lack images (but having a photo does automatically upgrade an article from Stub to Start)

To be a start the article should have:

  • Taxobox (preferably automatic taxobox or speciesbox) and a taxonbar
  • List of descendant taxa
  • Basic description of its appearance (morphology)
  • Basic description of its distribution and habitat
  • Conservation status, if relevant
  • Reference at least one secondary scholarly source that goes beyond simply verifying that the species is valid

Also helpful but not required to be a Start are:

  • Image or illustration
  • Basic taxonomy, etymology, including synonyms listed in the taxobox, common name(s)
  • Touch on any subjects that are particularly relevant to the taxon, e.g. horticulture, agriculture, culture, etc., more of which are listed at the WP:PLANTS Template in detail

For many plants, having all of the information above may be all that is known about the species, and could already qualify it for C-class. Generally, in addition to the above, a C-class article should contain:

  • Image or illustration if available
  • Detailed description of appearance
  • Detailed distribution and habitat
  • Taxonomy, phylogeny including fossil record, subdivision, etymology, vernacular/common names with source language(s)
  • Known synonyms
  • One or more of the following if relevant (see WP:PLANTS Template for more detail on each):
    • Phytochemistry
    • Taxonomy
    • Ecology
    • Conservation
    • Toxicity
    • Uses
    • Culture

Meets all the C-class criteria in the table above. Additionally, it is well-written, formatted, and "does not contain obvious omissions or inaccuracies". It particular, it should cite and address the key findings in all the important secondary sources for the taxon.

GA / A / FA
See criteria in the table above.

Importance scale edit

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Plants}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Plants|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project (see Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Priority of topic for assessment criteria):

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance plant articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance plant articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance plant articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance plant articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance plant articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance plant articles)  ??? 

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of botany.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience—but which are of high notability in other places—should still be highly rated.

Assessment logs edit

See the plant articles by quality log.

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