World’s Monocotyledons: Checklist Now Online
14 November 2006
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has just published the world’s most definitive checklist of the monocotyledon group of flowering plants. The World Checklist of Monocotyledons consolidates the accepted names of all 75,000 species, along with their associated synonyms (a total of over 200,000 names), into a searchable electronic database for the first time.
Many monocotyledons are valued in horticulture, especially daffodils, lilies, irises, hyacinths, snowdrops, orchids, crocus, bromeliads, aroids, palms, grasses and sedges. Others, such Aloe vera, have useful pharmaceutical and chemical properties.
The largest family in this group is the orchids, of which there are about 20 thousand species each with unique complex and striking flowers adapted for highly specific insect pollination.
The Checklist will prove an invaluable resource for a whole range of users such as plant scientists, horticulturists, ecologists, conservationists, medical practitioners and lawyers as well as, of course, the wider public who wish to learn more about plants. Previously the only way to find such information was by seemingly endless, time- consuming trawls through obscure literature, much of which is inaccessible to those not living or working near the main botanical libraries. Now a vast amount of information is available with just a few clicks of a mouse.
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