[Taxacom] The Plant List confusions do we have some experts who can influence improvement
singhg45 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 4 11:09:08 CDT 2016
Please read Dimorphotheca fruticosum (L.) Norl. as Osteospermum fruticosum
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 Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 3:10 PM, Gurcharan Singh <singhg45 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear friends
> 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
> ------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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>
> Dear Sir,
> 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
> reliable database.
> 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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