Brief Analysis of a Zamioculcas Wikipedia Article

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a press event at Costa Farms Nursery in Miami. Costa Farms cultivates over 1,500 plant varieties on a sprawling 5,200-acre farm. One of the most interesting things I learned on my trip was the story behind one of their Trending Tropicals, Raven ZZ Zamioculcas ‘Dowon.’ So, naturally, I checked Wikipedia for any information on the cultivar and saw it was listed under the genus page.

Wikipedia’s Core Content Policies

I am analyzing the entry on Zamioculcas based on Wikipedia’s core content policies. I compared the Zamioculcas entry from the Missouri Botanical Garden because of the garden’s high reputation among horticulture professionals. 

  1. Neutral point of view

Wikipedia articles should be neutral, presenting significant viewpoints fairly, proportionately, and without bias.

The genus name comes first in the entry, then the family. This format is the standard style found in botanical entries. The article covers all the primary plant information, including cultivars, cultivation, and history. Overall, the entry is neutral. The introduction's third paragraph can be edited to make it more concise. Adding the adage "If you water the ZZ plant more than you pay your rent, it's too much" and then translating it right after is verbose. 

  1. Verifiability

Wikipedia's verifiability ensures that information is sourced from a reliable source for readers and editors.

The references in this Zamioculcas entry are all linked to primary sources. Interestingly, the Missouri Botanical Garden is not one of the sources. 

  1. No original research

Wikipedia does not publish original ideas, but all content must be attributed to a reliable, published source.

The resources linked on this page all appear to be peer-reviewed research. However, I have not read through each link to verify 100 percent. My random checks did reveal no original research.

Impressions

Wikipedia's Zamioculcas entry fits all the criteria for a well-written, researched Wikipedia article. I see room for improvement, such as listing a couple of new cultivars, updating the photos, adding further references, and reorganizing the cultivation section to be more scannable. Next week, there is an assignment to edit a Wikipedia page. I found the perfect candidate for my first editing task. 

Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe is a freelance writer, photographer, and author who has been writing in the home and garden industry for 10 years.
Powder Springs, GA