Has anyone else followed many of the photo links on World Checklist pages? At present, they're set up to do a Google search of images under whichever name you've clicked, with the thoroughly bizarre result that all sorts of erroneous photos appear. Apparently there is no vetting in this department - any photo that anyone has captioned with the species name being searched gets picked up. Visually, this brings you back to square one, i.e. you will not know whether what you're looking at is or is not the species you searched. Beats me why they did this. Ellen Hornig Seneca Hill Perennials Original Message: ----------------- From: Joe Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 17:50:31 -0600 To: email@example.com Subject: [pbs] World Checklist of Monocotyledons Hi Gang, The World Checklist of Monocotyledons is online at: http://www.kew.org/wcsp/home.do The big advantage for bulb growers who are also interested in taxonomic accuracy is that all the accepted names are provided. Also provided are synonyms. I did some quick browsing and found that Homeria is no longer an accepted genus, the various species seem to have been placed into Moraea. I knew that revisions had taken place, but I didn't know what was "accepted" or mainstreamed. To test the database I looked up Cooperia drummondii, and the database rightly informed me that the correct name is really Zephyranthes chlorosolen. The list of synonyms for Z. chlorosolen is impressive. The various synonyms are: a.. Cooperia drummondii Herb., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 22: t. 1835 (1836). b.. Cooperia mexicana Herb., Amaryllidaceae: 182 (1837). c.. Amaryllis drummondii (Herb.) Steud., Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2, 1: 71 (1840). d.. Zephyranthes herbertiana D.Dietr., Syn. Pl. 2: 1176 (1840). e.. Cooperia kansensis W.C.Stevens, Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci. 40: 95 (1937 publ. 1938). f.. Cooperia brasiliensis Traub, Herbertia 12: 38 (1947). g.. Zephyranthes brasiliensis (Traub) Traub, Pl. Life 7: 42 (1951). h.. Zephyranthes brazosensis Traub, Pl. Life 7: 42 (1951), nom. illeg. i.. Zephyranthes kansensis (W.C.Stevens) Traub, Pl. Life 7: 42 (1951). One interesting aspect of this Web resource (provided by Kew) is that they place amaryllids in the Alliaceae. I suppose they are employing the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group II recommendations. Grasses are included in a separate Web site for now but are scheduled to be included in the Web site above. You can find grasses at: http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-syn.html . Who can say if "accepted names" are biologically accurate, or how the database will look in 10 years (revisions and additions will happen). However, I think the database is a brilliant achievement in using the WWW for botanical purposes. Cordially, Joe Conroe TX _______________________________________________ pbs mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web.com/ .