[Taxacom] The Index Kewensis we were once Proud of and The PlantList
singhg45 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 17:22:56 CDT 2014
Thanks for your your optimistic approach. The Plant List claims to
differentiate between accepted names and synonyms, and if it is itself not
clear whether particular name deserves the rank of species, subspecies or
variety, what are the synonyms, declares a big chunk of names as
unresolved, I fail to understand how it helps the taxonomic community.
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
On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM, Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at freeler.nl
> 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > to wonder: Is there a real serious taxonomist involved with the project,
> > 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
> > within the species
> > *Anagallis* *arvensis* L.
> > <http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2636008>
> > *Anagallis* *arvensis* var. *caerulea* (L.) Gouan
> > <http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2636010>
> > *Anagallis* *arvensis* subsp. *foemina* (Mill.) Schinz & Thell.
> > <http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2636015>
> > *Anagallis* *arvensis* var. *pallida* (Hook.f.) Hook.f.
> > <http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2636022>
> > *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.
> > Phone: 011-25518297 Mob: 9810359089
> > http://www.gurcharanfamily.com/
> > http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/
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