Location is unknown when it shouldn't be

In my browser, this observation says “location unknown”: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21121552

In Alabama, Trillium grandiflorum is Critically Endangered: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/55402-Trillium-grandiflorum

Should I be seeing an obscured location in my browser or is this observation really “location unknown”?

Thanks in advance,


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I’m going to take a wild guess that the location of this observation is also AL, in which case this observation is behaving similarly (bug or not): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33439672

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We’ll take a look. Should this taxon be obscured anyway? Is it threatened by poaching or disturbance?

If you mean “obscured” in the normal iNat sense of the word, I’d say yes, Trillium grandiflorum should be obscured by default, but I’m sure there are others who disagree.

Thanks for looking at this issue.



OK, well, that’s a discussion that should happen in a flag on the taxon, but I was just curious.

It is really shown unknown, may you ask the author about whether he sees that from his page?

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Both observations are now working. Each is displaying an ordinary obscured observation as expected. It’s not clear if the observers caused this to happened or the bug was fixed. In any case, thanks! :-)


Oops, spoke too soon. Here’s another observation of Trillium grandiflorum in AL with “location unknown.”

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don’t see a link

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I’m pretty sure I typed it in but in any case, the observation itself has disappeared. There are only two left: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=19&subview=grid&taxon_id=55402&view=&page=

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Here’s another instance of the same bug (at least I think it’s the same).

The following observation shows “Location Unknown” in my browser: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22969437

This is a different species but the species is auto-obscured in AL as it was before: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/116722-Trillium-flexipes

I haven’t asked the owner to do anything because I don’t want the bug to mysteriously disappear as it did before.



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Here are two more observations of Trillium flexipes in AL that show “Location Unknown” in my browser:

I don’t know if it’s significant but both observations have the same owner.

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Both observations (which seem to have identical photos) show as “Location Unknown” and have the obscured symbol and have a location in text. I’m using Safari 13.0.4.

do these still show unknown for you? (they look okay to me.) if they look okay to you, is it time to close this?

They look good to me. @trscavo, please let me know if you’re still seeing this. I’m going to close the topic.