[Taxacom] The Plant List confusions do we have some experts who can influence improvement
singhg45 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 4 04:40:38 CDT 2016
I have been repeatedly writing to the managers of The Plant List with long
lists of corrections, but perhaps nothing is improving. Can some members
here make them to improve the situation. Here is the letter I wrote them
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From: Gurcharan Singh <singhg45 at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM
Subject: The Plant List confusions
To: tpl_edit <editors at theplantlist.org>
I have already sent more than 10 communications to you, but perhaps things
have not improved. I think the managers of The Plant List have to sink in
the realization that after INdex kewensis, this is the largest database
that taxonomists, agriculturists, Floriculturists, etc. all over the World
want to rely on, but unfortunately the glaring errors don't allow them to
do so. The list of unresolved names (when most of these are being used in
Floras all over the World) is doing no credit, just showing your
helplessness. Two accepted names for the same taxon, a combination without
basionym as synonym, is something which taxonomic world will only laugh at.
I am pointing out a few glaring ones.
1. Dimorphotheca fruticosum (L.) Norl. is listed accepted name but no
mention of name bearing basionym (of which L. is the author). To make
things worse even Dimorphotheca fruticosa (L.) Less., is also listed as
accepted name with luckily Calendula fruticosa L. as one of the synonyms.
2. Osteospermum jucundum (E. Phillips) Norl. is listed as accepted name
with no mention of synonym, whereas its its basionym Dimorphotheca is also
listed as accepted name.
There are thousands of such mistakes which need to be corrected for
the sake of taxonomy. You can always involve more experts to do the job
instead of just leaving it on data accumulators who do job manually with no
I hope things improve and we are able to tell the world we have a
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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