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The World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (usually abbreviated to WCSP) is an "international collaborative programme that provides the latest peer reviewed and published opinions on the accepted
scientific names In Taxonomy (biology), taxonomy, binomial nomenclature ("two-term naming system"), also called nomenclature ("two-name naming system") or binary nomenclature, is a formal system of naming species of living things by giving each a name composed ...
and
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synonyms
of selected plant families." Maintained by the
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, it is available online, allowing searches for the names of families, genera and species, as well as the ability to create checklists. The project traces its history to work done in the 1990s by Kew researcher
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on a checklist of the genus ''
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Quercus
''. Influenced by the
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, the project expanded. , 173 families of
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s were included. Coverage of
monocotyledon Monocotyledons (), commonly referred to as monocots, (Lilianae ''sensu'' Chase & Reveal) are grass and grass-like flowering plants (angiosperms), the seeds of which typically contain only one Embryo#Plant embryos, embryonic leaf, or cotyledon. Th ...
families is complete; other families are being added. There is a complementary project called the
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(IPNI), in which Kew is also involved. The IPNI aims to provide details of publication and does not aim to determine which are accepted species names. After a delay of about a year, newly published names are automatically added from the IPNI to the WCSP. The WCSP is also one of the underlying databases for
The Plant List The Plant List is a list of botanical name A botanical name is a formal scientific name Science (from the Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. La ...
, created by Kew and the
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Missouri Botanical Garden
, which was unveiled in 2010, and subsequently superseded by World Flora Online.


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Australian Plant Name IndexThe Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) is an online database of all published names of Australian vascular plants. It covers all names, whether current names, synonyms or invalid names. It includes bibliographic and typification details, information ...
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Convention on Biological Diversity The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, is a multilateral treatyMultilateral may refer to: * Multilateralism * Multilateration * Flea flicker (American football) {{disambig .... The conven ...
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Plants of the World Online Plants of the World Online is an online database published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a non-departmental public bodyIn the United Kingdom, non-departmental public body (NDPB) is a classification applied ...
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The Plant List The Plant List is a list of botanical name A botanical name is a formal scientific name Science (from the Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. La ...
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Tropicos Tropicos is an online Botany, botanical database containing taxonomic information on plants, mainly from the Neotropical realm (Central America, Central, and South America). It is maintained by the Missouri Botanical Garden and was established ov ...
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Wikispecies Wikispecies is a wiki A wiki ( ) is a hypertext publication Collaborative editing, collaboratively edited and managed by its own audience directly using a web browser. A typical wiki contains multiple pages for the subjects or scope of th ...


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* Online botany databases . Plant taxonomy Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Databases in the United Kingdom {{botany-stub