08 June 2012

NEWS: Four leading botanical gardens to create first online world flora catalogue

The World Flora Online project was recently launched.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The New York Botanical Garden and the Missouri Botanical Garden, have announced plans to develop the World Flora—the first modern, online catalogue of the world’s plants—to be made available by the year 2020.

This massive undertaking will include the compilation of information on up to 400,000 plant species worldwide.

Judy West, executive director of Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, says Australia will be a "major contributor" to the project. "There's about 20,000 species in Australia which is a significant portion of the world's flora," she says.

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