Abstract Detail



Floristics & Taxonomy

Levin, Geoffrey [1], Macklin, James [2], Morin, Nancy [3].

The Flora of North America: moving from hard copy to digital information sharing.

The Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA) is a 30-volume work that includes taxonomic treatments of all the native and naturalized plants growing in the region. Volume 17, the 21st to be published, came out in April 2019. Volumes 10, 11, 13 and 14 are in final stages of preparation. The remaining volumes will be published in 2020. All taxa are described and included in dichotomous keys, distributions of all species and infraspecific taxa are mapped, and about 20% of species are illustrated with line drawings prepared specifically for FNA. Producing FNA has created an international community of authors, reviewers, and editors; integrating broad-scale taxonomic knowledge with regional floristic expertise; and fostering further collaboration. Many treatments present the most current understanding of the group’s phylogeny. By providing keys and technical descriptions for numerous rare taxa and introduced species, FNA is a vital tool for botanists and others concerned with conserving the continent’s flora. Soon after volumes are published, they are made available electronically online and data are shared with JSTOR’s Global Plants and the World Flora Online. Historically, online data have been available through the eFloras website. We have recently developed a new website that supplements eFloras by moving beyond replication of the printed information. This new site will allow users to use either dichotomous or interactive keys and to search on any combination of characters, including morphology, phenology, habitat, and geographic distribution. The site will also include tools for moderated and versioned authoring and editing of treatments, allowing the Flora to remain up-to-date by continuously incorporating results of new research.


Related Links:
Flora of North America


1 - Canadian Museum of Nature, P.O. Box 3443, Station D, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6P4, Canada
2 - Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C6, Canada
3 - Po Box 333, Point Arena, CA, 95468, United States

Keywords:
Floristics
North America
Floras.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Number:
Abstract ID:694
Candidate for Awards:None


Copyright © 2000-2019, Botanical Society of America. All rights reserved