Sometimes, a species 1 is many times misidentified as a species 2, although species 1 and 2 are easily distinguishable.
For instance, reviewing the “Cultivated” occurences of the genus Senna, I find many Cassia leptophylla misidentified as Senna didymobotrya, although Senna didymobotrya shows a unique inflorescence of dark buttons and yellow flowers, that is in no way similar to the inflorescence of Cassia leptophylla:
It might be due to people following a wrong AI automated suggestion.
I guess I might be inherent to a collaborative work: we are prone to be [too much] confident in other people opinions, without checking anything. And once it has started, it gets amplified, like an epidemia, because we get more and more confident when more and more people share the same… error.
In the example above, there were initially very few observations correctly identified as Cassia leptophylla. The recurring misidentification phenomenon may have been triggered by the fact that Cassia leptophylla may have not been observed at all, or may have been misidentified from the beginning.
Lack of reference (initial state) → first error (random event) → error amplification (deterministic process)
It’s not the first time I see such a recurring misidentification.