On the GBIF Backbone Taxonomy page it sais:
Catalogue of Life […] provid[es] the complete higher classification above families.
I tried to find information on the Catalogue of Life website about how they do that for the kingdom Plantae. However, I did not find anything.
I would like to know how the assignments to Phylum, Class and Order are made for plants as included in GBIF.
The Catalogue of Life uses information from very different sources. The classification for a given taxa depends on the source. For example, the information about this Phylum:
https://www.catalogueoflife.org/data/taxon/9JHQ8 comes from the Bryonames: Bryophyte Nomenclator (see the source dataset at the bottom of the CoL page).
In doubt, I suggest to check the source for a given taxon.
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