How many synonyms?

Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr. jkirkbri at ASRR.ARSUSDA.GOV
Wed Jun 11 12:08:22 CDT 1997

One simplified answer to this is the Index Kewensis data base.  I was
told that the first IK CD-ROM had approximately one million records on
it.  Assuming approximately 250,000 accpeted species of phanerogams,
there are roughly three synonyms for each accepted name in phanerogams.

Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr.
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory
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Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2350 USA
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