Kew contributes to the Brazilian Catalogue of Plants and Fungi
Kew’s information resources on plant diversity have helped to compile a working list of all plants, algae and fungi in Brazil.
Long acknowledged as one of the megadiverse countries and world leader in floristic diversity, Brazil lacked until recently a list of its described plant, algal and fungal diversity. Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, calling for a working list of all the world’s plant species to be compiled by 2010, stimulated scientists in Brazil to start the ‘Lista do Brasil’ in late 2008.
A purpose-built web-based information system compiled 90,000 names collated from existing checklists (including extracts from Kew’s World Checklist series), and regional and taxonomic treatments. This list was reviewed and refined online by 413 taxonomists in a dynamic and comprehensive one-year effort. The resulting list of 40,989 species of algae, fungi and plants, of which 46.2% are endemic to Brazil, was released online in July 2010. Brazil is the most diverse country in the world in terms of its vascular plants (32,364 species), with documented diversity greater than might be predicted by comparison with other megadiverse countries, even allowing for its exceptionally large area.
Forzza, R.C. et al. (2010). Lista de Espécies da Flora do Brasil. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.
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