There are a number of absurd results returned when doing image searches of plants. Most well known may be “Mistletoe” where there just as many images of English holly as there are of actual mistletoe, and “pine tree” where the vast majority are, in fact, not pines. But I found something just as disturbing, if not more, when I Googled “Acorus flower”. Here’s what I got:
To clarify, Acorus is a grass-like monocot with flowers in fairly inconspicuous compact spikes, while Irises are the ones with the showy petals. As you may notice, most of the results are for Iris, presumably due to the association of the common names “sweet flag” and “yellow flag.” But if you look even more carefully, a stock “botanical” illustration shows something truly horrific:
Yes, it’s an inaccurate drawing of an Iris slapped together with a somewhat decent Acorus. This illustrator should apologize to both of these fine monocotyledonous herbs and the people offended by this drawing.
Indeed, stock photos and illustrations with catch-all keywords seem to be much of a driver for these image results, but this goes a step further by actually mashing together search results into a bizarre Frankenplant.
Has anyone else come across similarly misguided Google Image results, or perhaps even another unholy hybrid atrocities? Any such examples will, no doubt, be both infuriating and amusing.