The Plant List

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:50:57 PST
> The FoxNews story is a fascinating read for its misplaced emphasis 
> and omissions of fact. 

Quoted from the press release by MBG and Kew:

"The Plant List includes 1.25 million scientific plant names, of which 1.04
million are names
of species rank. Of the species names included in The Plant List, about
300,000 (29 percent) are
accepted names for species and about 480,000 (46 percent) are recorded as
synonyms of those
species. The status of the remaining 260,000 names is “unresolved” since
the contributing data sets
do not contain sufficient evidence to decide whether they should be
accepted names or synonyms."

Mark Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina USA
Zone 8

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