[Taxacom] Fwd: New version of The Plant List

Dr Gurcharan Singh singhg at sify.com
Fri Nov 22 22:18:28 CST 2013

Dear members
I have written the following mail to the managers of The Plant List.
Perhaps other members can do the same to point out more conflicts with the
hope that the Second online list is much more refined and something to rely

Dear sir
With the release of The Plant List in 2010 taxonomists around the world
were greatly relieved with the hope of finding accepted names at one place.
Unfortunately there were more conflicts than solutions. I have already sent
more than 1000 corrections in seven separate mails. Hope these are others
communicated by rest of the taxonomic community are taken care of in
compiling the second list which as we understand would be online shortly.
    Following need urgent attention in the second list
1. Long list of unresolved names.
2. Listing of several subspecies and varieties (which is always welcome)
but not mentioning the autonym.
2. Mention of autonyms (Brassica juncea subsp. juncea) but no other
subspecies or variety is listed as accepted name. An autonym is created
only when some other subspecies or variety is recognised. When we don't
recognise any other subspecies, B. juncea subsp. juncea is redundant.
3. several cases of name combinations (there are thousands of examples in
the First List) where no synonym is listed, not even the basionym.
4. Numerous examples in which author name is given after the autonym
epithet, It is well known fact that autonyms are automatically created and
won't bear author name.

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089

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