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Colloquium: The flora of Madagascar: research needs and research progress

Phillipson, Peter [1], Lowry, Porter P. II [2], Schatz, George E. [3], Andriambololonera, Sylvie [4].

Novel approaches to taxonomic synthesis of poorly-known and under-documented floras: the case of Madagascar.

Renewed efforts in the past 20 years to inventory and document the flora of Madagascar, have served to highlight the richness of the flora and its high level of species endemism. However these activities have also shown us that many of the older existing taxonomic treatments are so far from being adequate that they are highly misleading. While conventional taxonomic revisions and monographs will gradually remedy the shortcomings of older treatments, progress on this is inevitably slow. On the other hand, reliable information on the country’s plant biodiversity is urgently needed to help guide and inform conservation efforts. The Catalogue of Vascular Plants Project aims to provide this information as quickly as possible by means of an online synthesis of current knowledge on the entire vascular plant flora. This consists of integrating information from recent reliable taxonomic treatments with new taxonomic evaluations in other groups that we undertake, sometimes in collaboration with other specialists. In addition to providing a set of currently accepted names and synonyms, the Catalogue provides data on geographic distribution, bibliographic information, conservation assessments, illustrations and links to other online resources through a searchable database.


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1 - Missouri Botanical Garden, PO Box 299, St Louis, MO, 63166, United States of America
2 - Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166
3 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Po Box 299, St Louis, Missouri, 63166-0299, USA
4 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Madagascar Research and Conservation Program, PO Box 3391, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Keywords:
Madagascar
Database
Flora
conservation.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C1
Location: Blair B/Gage
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM
Number: C1001
Abstract ID:941


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