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Floristics & Taxonomy

Wilkinson Lamb, Sara [1], Barkworth, Mary [2].

Flora of Pakistan Updated – with benefits.

Abstract: The basic activities of systematics, i.e. classification and naming, are ancient human approaches to dealing with information about the natural world. Earlier Confusion in the nomenclature of many groups of organisms led to established rules in the field of botany which have done much to clarify this situation. This has led to supporting current research which sometimes presents a strong argument for changing previously accepted names of taxa to synonyms, or vice versa, which is the focus of our project. According to M. Qaiser, there are close to 6000 species listed in the extant volume of the Flora of Pakistan, with two more volumes forthcoming. Using OpenHerbarium as a springboard, we, with the help of inmates, have placed specimen citations in the Flora online to demonstrate the usefulness in having this specimen data more easily available and help persuade Pakistani herbaria to share their information. In addition, we have been exploring ways to use online resources to update the nomenclature in a way that emphasizes the scientific or nomenclatural bases for changes. Our goal in doing so is to emphasize that name changes are rarely capricious. Although we are working with the Flora of Pakistan, the approach we are taking would be equally applicable to other floras.

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1 - Educational Constultant, 860 South Village Road, St. George, UT, 84770, United States
2 - Utah State University, Intermountain Herbarium, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT, 84322, United States

Flora of Pakistan
taxanomic concepts
digital data

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 46, Floristics & Taxonomy
Location: 105/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Time: 2:45 PM
Number: 46006
Abstract ID:668
Candidate for Awards:None

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