You might reasonably ask, what purpose is served by highlighting false information, whether in print or on-line? After all, we all make a few mistakes. All mistakes matter but when a publication is riddled with them this is a cause for major concern and one cannot have much confidence in any of the content.
Increasingly, others read, accept, quote, refer to, nowadays "cite" such publications on the assumption it is accurate and reliable. It is too easy nowadays to get something published, indeed one cannot more or less 'publish' on-line whatever one wants - regardless of its reliability.
I have been amazed and the numbers of articles published in numerous journals which claim the articles are "peer-reviewed" when they are no such thing!
And it seems that by deciding to undertake a field-trip to supposedly investigate an 'Endangered' species or the much loved 'Critically Endangered' then funds are made available to cover costs. One even finds botanists from Southern India, with no familiarity with or relevant expertise travelling large distance to the NW Himalaya to study the region's 'rare' plants! Are there no 'rare' plants in their own states to study?
Having accumulated considerable knowledge of Himalayan flora and being a dedicated and serious-minded botanist, it seems to me that I am duty-bound to draw attention to false claims and questionable information - which all too often is blindly copied and quoted. This is not an insignificant matter, as any proper scientist must surely agree.
I am, for the present, dividing this into a number of sections: