[Taxacom] The Index Kewensis we were once Proud of and The PlantList
Paul van Rijckevorsel
dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Sep 12 14:21:56 CDT 2014
Well, the Index Kewensis is not lost; it can still be
consulted in IPNI (more or less, the online version
differs somewhat from the printed version, hopefully
for the better).
Perhaps the compilers of The Plant List assume that
the users can add autonyms for themselves. Or perhaps
they just are restricting themselves to published names.
All in all, The Plant List does not look not so bad to me
(as long as one stays well clear of mosses!), although
it clearly is not error free.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gurcharan Singh" <singhg45 at gmail.com>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 6:36 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] The Index Kewensis we were once Proud of and The PlantList
> 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
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