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Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Town Hall: January 2021

Join the Plant Nomenclature and Taxonomy Community for a quick update on its annual project (Problematic Common Names) and a Professional Show & Tell. 

Community Chair/Moderator: Jaime Frye, Plant Records Specialist, Newfields
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1/14/21
The Central Role of Taxonomy in the Study of Neotropical Biodiversity

The Neotropics are the most species-rich area of the planet. Understanding the origin and maintenance of this diversity is an important goal of ecology and evolutionary biology. Success in this endeavor relies heavily on the past work of taxonomists...

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10/6/20
An algorithm competition for automatic species identification from herbarium specimens

Plant biodiversity is threatened, yet many species remain undescribed. It is estimated that >50% of undescribed species have already been collected and are awaiting discovery in herbaria. Robust automatic species identification algorithms using...

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7/6/20
Writing Plant Names

This is a guide to writing plant names developed for use at The Arboretum at Penn State.

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6/11/20
Magnolia Cultivars Checklist - REVISED AND UPDATED

The Checklist is a listing of published names of cultivated magnolias in PDF format.  This new listing is the result of years of effort by Magnolia Society International (MSI) member volunteers. This document serves as a checklist of Magnolia cultivars...

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4/20/20
Cyanea kuhihewa: Rediscovering one of Hawai'i's rarest trees

With 90% of its nearly 1,400 native plants classified as endemic, Hawai'i has one of the highest levels of endemism of any floristic region of the world. Although Cyanea is one of the most species-rich flowering plant genera in Hawai'i, nearly half of...

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2/25/20
Guidelines for Listing, Categorizing and Sharing Information on Plant Taxa Spreading from Cultivation at Public Gardens in North America

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a consistent methodology for public garden staff to develop and categorize a list of cultivated taxa observed escaping from their locations of cultivation. The recommendations are meant to guide public...

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1/23/20
The Extended Specimen Network: A Strategy to Enhance US Biodiversity Collections, Promote Research, and Education

For more than two centuries, biodiversity collections have served as the foundation for scientific investigation of and education about life on Earth. The collections that have been assembled in
the past and continue to grow today are a...

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12/3/19
Research Gaps and Challenges in the Conservation and Use of North American Wild Lettuce Germplasm

The North American crop wild relatives (CWR) of lettuce (Lactuca L.) represent an underexplored
pool of genetic diversity of potential value to breeding programs.  In this review, we examine the role of herbarium and genebank holdings in...

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11/1/19
Bartlett: Mulch Application Guidelines

Mulches provide many benefits for trees and shrubs. Properly applied mulch will moderate soil temperatures, reduce soil moisture loss, reduce soil compaction, provide nutrients, improve soil structure, foster beneficial microbial communities, and keep...

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10/15/19
Distributions and Conservation Status of Carrot Wild Relatives in Tunisia: A Case Study in the Western Mediterranean Basin

Crop wild relatives, the wild progenitors and closely related cousins of cultivated plant
species, are sources of valuable genetic resources for crop improvement. Persisting gaps
in knowledge of taxonomy, distributions, and...

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10/2/19
ASSESSMENT OF THE HAMAMELIDACEAE IN GLOBAL LIVING COLLECTIONS

The Hamamelidaceae has genera with named cultivars, but only one cultivar registration authority for the genus Hamamelis. Choosing the Hamamelidaceae as the focus of this project provides missing information for members of this ornamentally valuable...

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9/13/19
Curation and Interpretation in Medicinal Plant Gardens

Medicinal plants have an immense need for intensive curation and interpretation. Many of the more powerful and important medicinal species have little aesthetic value, making medicinal collections difficult to display. Properly interpreted, medicinal...

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7/9/19
The Business of Native Plants: Generating Revenue through Creative Garden Enterprises

Native plant, pollinator, and habitat issues are growing more popular among the visiting public each year, but does this translate more broadly into increased nursery sales? With ecological testing ongoing to determine differences in habitat value...

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7/9/19
The Renovation of Asa Gray Garden: Beauty, Inspiration, Botany, and Education

A collaborative relationship between Asa Gray Garden at Mount Auburn (an active cemetery), architects, and nearby Arnold Arboretum resulted in a beautiful and inspiring garden featuring trees, shrubs, and perennials that provide color, texture, and...

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7/9/19
Herbarium Practices and Ethics, III

The Systematics Collections Committee of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists has updated the recommendations on herbarium practices and ethics that were previously published by the Society in 1958 and 1973. The recommendations and considerations...

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2/19/19
Nomenclature Web Resource Guide

This Nomenclature Web Resource Guide was assembled by the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community.

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1/25/19
Plant Photo Verification Spreadsheet

Check out this Plant Photo Verification Spreadsheet put together by Boyce Tankersley and the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community.

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1/25/19
Online Resources for Nomenclatural Verification

This is a list of Online Resources for Nomenclatural Verification assembled by the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community.

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1/25/19

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