Plant Nomenclature and Taxonomy - Links of Interest



Reference Resources

International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) St Louis version (2000). Full text available online.
http://www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/iapt/nomenclature/code/SaintLouis/0000St.Luistitle.htm

International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP). 7th Edition (2002) Available for purchase at http://www.actahort.org/books/647/

International Plant Names Index (IPNI). For searching valid publication of plant names using the data from RBG Kew, Harvard University Herbaria, and the Australian National Herbarium
http://www.ipni.org/index.html

Index Nominum Genericorum (ING). For details of all validly published botanical generic names, including details of typification when available.
http://ravenel.si.edu/botany/ing/INDEX.HTM

Names in Current Use for Extant Plant Genera (NCU-3). For checking current spelling and gender of generic names, also has information on typification.
http://www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/iapt/ncu/genera/

Cultivar Checklists for Ornamental Plants. Maintained by Art Tucker (University of Delaware). For checklists and registers for cultivars.
http://herbarium.desu.edu/Cultivar_chklst.pdf

International Cultivar Registration Authorities. For locating the various ICRAs and other general information about cultivar names.
http://www.ishs.org/icra/

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). USDA's Agricultural Research Service web server provides germplasm information about plants.
http://www.ars-grin.gov/

Plants Database. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
http://plants.usda.gov/

Kew Bibliographic Databases. Recently combined for simultaneous searching.
o The Kew Record: over 200,000 publications published since 1971 relating to the taxonomy of plants.
o Plant Micro-morphology Bibliographic Database: 90,000 references to publications.
o Economic Botany Bibliographic Database: 33,000 references relating to uses of plants.
http://www.kew.org/kbd/searchpage.do

Databases and Electronic Floras at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
http://www.mobot.org/mobot/research/alldb.shtml

Flora of North America. Available online: Volumes 1-5, 22-23, 26.
http://www.fna.org/FNA/

List of Names of Woody Plants and Perennials. (2005) A European collaboration attempting to stabilize plant nomenclature by publishing lists of current plant names used by the nursery industry (updated every 5 years).
http://www.internationalplantnames.com/

Horticultural Taxonomy Group (HORTAX). A UK organization devoted to cultivated plant nomenclature. Recently added an excellent primer entitled: The Names of Garden Plants - a brief outline of how cultivated plants are named http://www.hortax.org.uk/

Websites useful for taxonomic and nomenclatural verification, please visit the On-line Resource Center located under Member Resources, Resource Center or here



Links to Papers & Articles of Interest

Trademarks are not names. Piers Trehane. 2001. A very good review of nomenclature problems associated with trademarks.
http://www.hortax.org.uk/hortaxnews/text5.html#sect8

Judge orders cancellation of Scarlet trademark. Geraldine Warner. 2006. An interesting legal verdict with implications for horticultural nomenclature.
http://www.goodfruit.com/issues.php?article=55&issue=3

A Nomenclatural Morass: The Naming of Lewis's "Fir No. 5" (Pseudotsuga menziesii): an impressive case study by Dr. James Reveal on how the botanical code works, using humor and good science.
http://www.lewis-clark.org/content/content-channel.asp?ChannelID=310

Clarifying the generic concepts of Aster sensu lato in New England. Arthur Haines. 2001.
http://www.woodlotalt.com/publications/BotNotesv1n7.PDF

Proposal to conserve the name Xanthocyparis against Callitropsis Oerst. (Cupressaceae). 2006. Mill and Farjon. The latest (for now) in an ongoing nomenclatural puzzle.
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/search/expand?pub=infobike://iapt/tax/2006/00000055/00000001/art00031

Upcoming changes in flowering plant family names: Those pesky taxonomists are at it again! 2002. Ellen Dean. This is a good general commentary on the current state of plant name changes and the underlying issues.
http://courses.washington.edu/bot113/Spring/WebReadings/PdfReadings/Pesky_Taxonomists.pdf