Flora of North America

aaron floden aaron_floden@yahoo.com
Fri, 26 Mar 2010 03:47:04 PDT
 From the FNA site "Scope of the Work - Flora
 of North America North of Mexico is a synoptic floristic account of the
 plants of North America north of Mexico: the continental United States 
of America (including the Florida Keys             and Aleutian 
Islands), Canada, Greenland (Kalâtdlit-Nunât), and St. Pierre and 
Miquelon. The flora is intended to serve both as a means of identifying 
plants within the region             and as a systematic conspectus of 
the North American flora. "
 In a talk with one of the authors I recall the rationale for excluding Mexico was the number of species still being discovered there and that including it would add another 10,000 + species. Given that the work is mostly volunteer it would be insensible to expect an author to not only be familiar with plants native to the US, but also include the species in Mexico. They do mention the number of spp in Mexico like FOC does in Asia. The treatments on Quercus, Pinus, Zephyranthes, Allium, Penstemon, Hymenocallis, Manfreda, Arisaema, Mitchella, and so on would be very useful to collectors, but not to botanists or wildflower enthusiasts in general. There are many shared relationships between the highlands of Mexico and Guatemala and the southeastern US in many areas besides the flowering plants such as the bryoflora, animals, and fungi. 

 Aaron Knoxville, TN

--- On Fri, 3/26/10, Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org> wrote:

From: Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org>
Subject: [pbs] Flora of North America
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Friday, March 26, 2010, 1:02 PM

At 02:19 PM 3/25/2010, you wrote:
>"The Flora of North America seems to stop at the Mexico-USA border.
>Where are all our experts when you need one?"

We had a talk about the Flora of North America at our native plant 
society December meeting by one of the women who was instrumental in 
starting this project and is still working on it. Most of the work is 
being done by volunteers. They probably had their hands full without 
including Mexico. It's a very large project that is taking a long 
time. I came away from her talk impressed with all the time these 
dedicated people were spending and that years later many of the 
original volunteers were still involved. She is currently out of town 
but when she gets back I'll ask her why Mexico was not included.

Once again I'll give a plug to Jane McGary's (editor) Bulbs of North 
America which although it mainly deals with bulbs from Canada and the 
United States does include some Mexican plants as well.

Mary Sue 


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