The rest of this post is a frustrated rant, so you can probably skip it, or just re-read the title
I know people here will help, but what is the process?
Is there a process?
I like knowing stuff, and it occurs to me that not only do I have no idea, but I cant even think of where I might start to figure out how to learn.
Is there some database where you can tick...
flat growing - yes.
red - yes.
green - yes
sticky - no
has eyelashes that clamp shut when bugs walk on it - yes
If I walk out into my backyard, and look at one of the weeds I like to call lawn, is there a method I can use to positively identify it?
Currently all I can do is based on looking at photos. eg that's a Porche, that's a VW beetle, but it's all just by comparing pictures of stuff I have already assumed something about, or been told something about. I couldn't tell you how I know the difference between a Porch and a VW beetle. The headlights and back look similar. They both have number plates, some wheels, and seats etc.
I'm looking at a sticky CP that is quite red, but it's new shoots (it's late spring here) are bright green. If I was trying to identify it based on it's shape and colour, it might be a different thing altogether depending on what time of year I looked at it.
I'm sure people here can tell me what it is if I dropped a photo, but I'd really like to know how to know what it is, rather than just being told.
I'll probably want to be told as well
It's 3:20am, and I'm still no closer to learning something today