Towards a working list of all known plant species

E. N. Lughadha
2004 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences  
A complete listing of the world's known plant species has long been considered desirable but has remained an elusive target for generations of botanists. The adoption of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation has reinforced the urgent need for a global plant checklist to support, facilitate and monitor the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity worldwide. The increasing availability of large databases of biological information over the Internet has demonstrated that many of the
more » ... obstacles to the collation and dissemination of vast, shared datasets can be overcome. We examine the challenges that still remain to be addressed if the botanical community is to achieve its ambitious objective of delivering a working list of all known plant species by 2010. The views presented here reflect my current perspective, which has evolved as a result of formal and informal conversations and discussions over several years with many colleagues, most notably West. I am grateful to these and many others for their generosity with respect to their time and their ideas. However, they should not be held accountable for any errors of fact or interpretation in the present work.
doi:10.1098/rstb.2003.1446 pmid:15253353 pmcid:PMC1693359 fatcat:dldugltosfhazdrt5qjyksds3a