due to wet winterweather I am currently staying indoors in front of my computer and there is a limited amount of TV-series to watch, so I started to identify.
I am not an expert but fairly good at common native species and my love for purple helped to become quite good at Lamiaceae and Viola.
as you know people (including me) tent to start in their own garden because they are curious and “forget” or don’t see the box “in captvity/cultivated”.
what should an identifier do when he/she suggest a species name and knows that that particular species is a common gardenplant?
For example I started with Ajuga reptans which is a european native plant but also a cultivar.
I zoomed in the map and when I could see the natural habitat everything was ok for me.
could I see a City then I left a note to the observer to kindly check the captivity-box.
I believe that people need to learn that by them selv, also to get to know iNaturalist, its purpose and how to use it, so I don’t want to be the Party-pooper that points out mistakes.
But what to do now with for example Lavendula? this plant is obvious not native to northern europe and will maybe never spread to native areas. and there are quite alot observations registered. should I write a kind message (copy/paste) to all of them or should I leave it unidentified(but then it will become a “data-ghost”) or should I identify and just check the captivity-box and be done with it?
sorry for this long explanation, I hope you can follow my struggle and can help my german’s-souls-need-to-order :-)