Current Work

The Linnean Society of London

After a period of general literature review, the Project adopted a strategy of evaluating untypified names on a taxonomic basis, starting with the larger groups. Substantial papers have been published dealing with previously untypified names in the lichens, and in the families Fabaceae (Leguminosae), Asteraceae (Compositae), Orchidaceae, Poaceae (Gramineae), Lamiaceae (Labiatae), Brassicaceae (Cruciferae), Rosaceae, Ericaceae and Cyperaceae. Similar papers dealing with the Boraginaceae and Caryophyllaceae are currently in press and others, dealing with the families Ranunculaceae and Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) are at an advanced stage of preparation.

Linnaean names of Scandinavian taxa have been studied in collaboration with the Flora Nordica Project. Untypified names from the families Lycopodiaceae to Papaveraceae were considered in a paper in 1994 and another, dealing with the families Brassicaceae to Apiaceae, appeared in 2002.

Changes to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature have made it possible to avoid unfortunate changes in the application of well-known names by procedures for conservation and rejection. These have proved very valuable as far as Linnaean names are concerned, and the Project has been active in publishing a substantial number of formal proposals. Further proposals are being prepared as necessary.

In 2003, we launched a searchable on-line database which initially covered only binomials that serve as the types for Linnaean generic names. In early 2005, information on all Linnaean plant names was launched, with images of types also present where these are available.

Contact: Charlie Jarvis

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