Silly mistakes

Adolf Ceska aceska at TELUS.NET
Tue Feb 24 02:07:52 CST 2004

> Actually, it's not all that difficult. I once described, on pretty good
> circumstantial evidence, what I thought was a fly larva. It turned out to
> be a beetle larva!

In vascular plants it is not so easy to recognize an order and one can come
with numerous examples of mistaken identifications.  I think that a really
cute example is Lysimachia terrestris that was originally described by Linne
as "terrestrial mistletoe" - Viscum terrestre.

Adolf Ceska, Victoria, BC, Canada

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