[Tagging] Leaf type of "palm" for leaf_type

Lukas Sommer sommerluk at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 07:13:02 UTC 2015

There are 533 413 elements with the “leaf_type” key. Only 83 of them
have the value “palm”. This are 0.0156 % and certainly not “widely
used” at all!

I suppose you want to make a mechanical edit to change the existing 13
056 elements with type=palm. But you would change the description of
leaf_type=*. You would destroy the clean description of a clean and
well-defined key. An important reasons for the introduction of
leaf_type=* was that the previous solutions were too complex, not well
coordinated, too detailed – and thought didn’t work well. leaf_type=*
is an effort to keep things simple and clear. It’s not good to break

You should not change the description of leaf_type=*. You should use
leaf_type=broadleaved and – if you want – add some other tag to make a
more exact description.

2015-03-11 4:54 GMT, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com>:
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 9:01 PM, johnw <johnw at mac.com> wrote:
>> There are places where there are an amazing mount of Palm trees, and
>> confusing them with a broadleaf tree is not great. But is this the main
>> way the species (or class or whatever) of tree is defined? I thought there
>> was some species tag for this as well - or is it too difficult when
>> mapping to know the type of tree beyond it’s leaf?
> There are species and genus tags, but many mappers won't be able to
> fill that those.   Palm on the other hand is easy,
> and makes a great map symbol also.
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Lukas Sommer

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