[Taxacom] The Index Kewensis we were once Proud of and The Plant List

Gurcharan Singh singhg45 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 11:36:35 CDT 2014

As young scholars we were felt pride in holding fat two volumes of Index
Kewensis to help us sort accepted names and synonyms. There was a great
hope when online version was integrated into The Plant List. For once many
of us thought it would be great boon to the the taxonomic, but alas the
more I consult The Plant List, I get increasingly frustrated, compelling me
to wonder: Is there a real serious taxonomist involved with the project, or
a band of IT specialists who don't know basics of botanical nomenclature.
Here is the sample of commonest weed for you to Decide: The accepted names
within the species

*Anagallis* *arvensis* L.
*Anagallis* *arvensis* var. *caerulea* (L.) Gouan
*Anagallis* *arvensis* subsp. *foemina* (Mill.) Schinz & Thell.
*Anagallis* *arvensis* var. *pallida* (Hook.f.) Hook.f.
*Anagallis* *arvensis* var. *parviflora* (Hoffmanns. & Link) Ces., Pass. &
Gibelli <http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2636024>

Please note there is no subsp. arvensis (autonym) and var. arvensis
(another autonym) is regarded as simple synonym A. arvensis, accepted
varieties are directly under the species.

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