Thursday, February 17, 2011

Catch of the Day - The Plant List - 2/17/2011


The Plant List is a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden to list all known plant species. The Plant List is a tool for resolving or verifying the spelling of plant names and finding the botanically accepted name for a plant and all of its alternative synonyms.


Version 1 of The Plant List, released in December 2010, intends to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns, etc) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts). Algae and fungi are not included.


The Plant List contains more than 1.2 million scientific plant names of which nearly 300,000 are accepted species names. It includes no vernacular or common plant names.


The Plant List provides the Accepted Latin name for most species, with links to all Synonyms by which that species has been known. Unresolved names for which the data sources did not contain adequate evidence to decide whether they were Accepted or Synonyms are also included.


The Plant List is a work in progress. In the future they hope to include improved and extended versions of the data included in Version 1 of The Plant List and to include other data sets which were not included in Version 1.



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