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Review of ‘The Plant List, a working list of all plant species’
Kalwij, J.M. (2012). Review of ‘The Plant List, a working list of all plant species’. J. Veg. Sci. 23(5): 998-1002.
In: Journal of vegetation science. Opulus. ISSN 1100-9233; e-ISSN 1654-1103, more
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    Checklist; Global biodiversity; Metadatabase; Nomenclature; Seed plant; Species diversity; Standard flora; Synonymy; Taxonomic revision

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  • Kalwij, J.M.

    The Plant List ( is an on-line database of plant names that aims to be comprehensive for all described plant species. Version 1 of The Plant List includes 1 040 426 plant name records, of which 298 900 are accepted names. The Plant List is the product of a consortium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. In this review, I evaluate the use of this plant taxonomic database for plant ecologists. The web interface of The Plant List allows a quick search for species names and corresponding synonyms. Moreover, users are able to download search or browse results to compile a customized checklist of plant names. The combination of a straightforward web design and the possibility to download search results provides a valuable resource of plant nomenclature information for a wide range of plant ecologists.

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