Concepts as the basis for returning specimens and images.
Some names treated as synonyms in Weakley do not appear when searched in the SE Flora pages. For example, searching on Cerastium holosteoides var. vulgare gives no results, however it is displayed as a synonym when one searches on Cerastium fontanum. Similarly, a search on Acer barbatum gives no results although itâ€™s treated as a synonym of A. floridanum in Weakley, and Specify has numerous records for A. barbatum. The map of A. floridanum shows NCU specimens for A. barbatum, and A. saccharum ssp. floridanum. The list of specimens displays only a record for A. floridanum.
This is probably best viewed as a design problem rather than an error. We currently return for images and specimens only those with an explicit name match. We should consider whether to display also concept matches, or perhaps the subset of concept matches represented by children. My recommendation is that for images and specimens we list two sets of results, the first being the name matches and the second being the additional concept matches.
Updated by Robert Peet about 17 years ago
We need to sort the records into two piles, the first being unambiguous records, and the second being the ambiguous ones, and these piles need to be appropriately labeled. The current mixing of records will be very confusing to the users.