2003, the year botanists were asleep

Lyn.Craven at CSIRO.AU Lyn.Craven at CSIRO.AU
Thu Sep 11 09:15:13 CDT 2003

Botanical Colleagues,

Most of us seem to have overlooked that Linnaeus' Species Plantarum was
published in 1753 (on 01 May, as has been conventionally determined fide
Stafleu & Cowan).

My colleague, Anna Monro, has pointed out that Uppsala and Missouri BG seem
to be the only places at which symposia have been organised.

All countries (and regions within larger ones) should have been having
meetings and various other gatherings to celebrate this highly significant

250 years, and the wheels still have not fallen off.

It doesn't matter if one is a proponent of a phylocode, or a unicode;
Linnaeus' publication has had a profound effect.

Maybe, as with the Millennium celebrations for many, we are going to
celebrate the event the following year, ie on 01 May 2004??

My friends, we should have done something positive to celebrate this.    Or
are we so down-trodden, that we prefer to wear our sackcloth and anoint
ourselves with ashes, whinging that we are not given the resources we
deserve?  We should have been out and about, showing that the job of
classifying biological diversity is just as important now as it was back in

Our future, and that of our science, is in our hands,
Are we letting it slip away??

Lyn Craven

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