Well, maybe. But here’s where my discouragement comes from. From way back, I learned that Pereskia was the only Cactaceae with true leaves. So, I’m doing IDs. I see an observation of “Plants” or maybe “Flowering Plants” (since it has a flower), and I can see that it is a Cactaceae with true leaves; I don’t know the species, but I remember what I learned way back when and identify it as Genus Pereskia. Moving it forward, right?
There it sits for months. Until one day, when I had forgotten about it, my notifications tell me that two different people on the same day have given it species-level IDs, which agree with each other, but disagree with me at the genus level.
Now, if the comments said something like, “The Caribbean Pereskia were segregated into Leuenbergeria,” that wouldn’t be so discouraging; that at least would acknowledge that I was thinking along the right lines.
But no. What the comments actually say is, “Pereskia is only found in South America.” Implying that I don’t know my biogeography.
It feels like an Orwellian world where what is true now has always been true. A world in which Pereskia was never found in the Caribbean, and you’d better not remember its having been so.