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CITES resources

A list of resources and publications available with regard to The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which controls and monitors some 30,000 plants threatened, or potentially threatened, by international trade.
Galanthus nivalis common snowdrop
All snowdrops (Galanthus species) are included in CITES Appendix II - trade is carefully monitored and controlled.

CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, better known as CITES, was established over 40 years ago. CITES controls and monitors some 30,000 plants threatened, or potentially threatened, by international trade. The Convention has been signed by over 180 countries and protects listed plants and animals, from elephants to orchids, from unsustainable exploitation in the wild due to international trade.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew act as the scientific authority (SA) for CITES plant trade in the UK. 

We can provide training and information in all aspects of CITES to all levels and users. Current CITES publications are outlined below. 

Contact us

For further information about any aspects of CITES and plants, please contact us at:

CITES Plants Scientific Authority (UK)
Jodrell Laboratory, Room 2.7 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AB
UK 

Email: Noeleen Smyth or Rose Simpson 


Latest news

CoP18

The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18) will take place in Sri Lanka in 2019.

 

CITES Cactaceae Checklist, 3rd Edition (2016)

Hunt, D. (2016). 3rd Edition. Nominated for standard reference at the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, South Africa, 2016. 


CITES publications and resources

CITES checklists and User's Guides are available from the CITES section of Kew Shop.

Browse CITES books available from Kew Shop  

The following publications (most recent first) are available. Please contact us if you require any further information with regard to CITES-listed plant species in the literature.

 

CITES and Timber (2016)

Groves, M. & Rutherford, C. (2016). This is a guide to CITES-listed tree species. It introduces each of the important and widely traded tree species regulated under CITES and provides an illustrated reference guide with identification of material in trade.

 

 

CITES and Timber - User Guide 2015 (French)

 

CITES and Cycads: A User’s Guide (2014)

Rutherford, C., Donaldson, J., Hudson, A., McGough, H.N., Sajeva, M, Schippmann, U. & Tse-Laurence, M. (2014). This User's Guide covers the widely traded cycad group and outlines how they are regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

CITES and Cycads 2014

See CITES and Cycads in Kew Shop

 

CITES and Cacti: A User's Guide (2012)

Sajeva, M., McGough, H.N., Garrett, L., Luthy, J., Tse-Laurence, M., Rutherford, C. & Sajeva, G. (2012). This CITES and Cacti Guide covers the widely traded cacti group and outlines how they are regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It also discusses species exempt from regulation.

CITES and Cacti 2012

See CITES and Cacti in Kew Shop

 

CITES and Timber: Ramin (2010)

Garrnett, L., McGough, N. Groves, M. & Clarke, G. (2010). The first in a series of guides to timbers regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The guide targets trade in Ramin (Gonystylus species) a light tropical hardwood, native to peat forest swamps of Southeast Asia.

CITES and Timber Ramin

See CITES and Timber: Ramin in Kew Shop

 

CITES and Slipper Orchids: A User's Guide (2006)

McGough, H.N., Roberts, D.L., Brodie, C. & Kowalczyk, J. (2006). A CITES User's Guide covering the genera Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium. Highly sought after in trade, these orchids are also strictly regulated by CITES.

Note: an update of this guide is in process.

CITES and Slipper Orchids 2006

Accompanying PowerPoints in English, French and Spanish. Please contact us to obtain a copy.

See CITES and Slipper Orchids in Kew Shop

 

CITES and Plants: A User's Guide Version 3.0 (2004)

McGough, H.N., Groves, M., Mustard, M. & Brodie, C. (2004). This training manual provides a comprehensive guide to the application of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to the major plant groups.

CITES and Plants 2004

Accompanying PowerPoints in English, French and Spanish. Please contact us to obtain a copy.

 

CITES and Succulents: A User's Guide (2004)

McGough, H.N., Groves, M., Mustard, M., Sajeva, M. & Brodie, C. (2004).This training manual provides a detailed review of the succulent plant species covered by CITES.

Accompanying PowerPoints in English, French and Spanish. Please contact us to obtain a copy.

 

CITES Carnivorous Plants Checklist (2001)

Von Arx, B., Schlauer J. & Groves M. (2001). This checklist incorporates the largest collection of published names for DionaeaNepenthes and Sarracenia, the three carnivorous plant genera included in the CITES Appendices.

See CITES Carnivorous Plants Checklist in Kew Shop

 

CITES Aloe and Pachypodium Checklist (2001)

Eggli, U., Newton, L.E. & Rowley, G.D. (2001). Following the format of previous checklists, there is an alphabetical listing of all names in current usage, an alphabetical listing by accepted name and an alphabetical listing by country of distribution.

CITES Aloe and Pachypodium checklist 2001

See CITES Aloe and Pachypodium Checklist in Kew Shop

 

CITES Orchid Checklists Volumes 1-5 (1995-2009)

Volume 1

Roberts, J.A., Beale, C.R., Benseler, J.C, McGough, H.N. & Zappi, D.C. (1995). Adopted as the CITES standards to be used when making reference to the species names of the genera concerned, for checking accepted names, synonyms and distribution. The checklists are also an invaluable directory for enthusiasts and growers. Each volume is divided into three sections; part 1 is an alphabetical list of all names, part 2 lists genera separately ordered by accepted name, and part 3 lists plants by country of origin.

See CITES Orchid Checklist Volume 1 in Kew Shop

Volume  2

Roberts, J.A., Allman, L.R., Beale, C.R., Butter, R.W. Crook K.R. & McGough, H.N. (1997). Volume 2 covers the genera CymbidiumDendrobium (selected sections), DisaDracula and Encyclia

See CITES Orchid Checklist Volume 2 in Kew Shop

Volume 3

Roberts, J.A., Anuku, S., Burdon, J., Mathew, P., McGough H.N. & Newman, A. (2001). Volume 3 covers AerangisAngraecum, AscocentrumBletillaBrassavolaCalantheCatasetumMiltoniaMiltonioidesMiltoniopsis, RenantheraRenentherellaRhynchostylisRossioglossumVanda and Vandopsis.

See CITES Orchid Checklist Volume 3 in Kew Shop

Note: CITES Orchid Checklists Volumes 1, 2 & 3 have been produced as one combined output available here in pdf format to download.

 PART I All names

 PART II Names in current use

Volume 4

Smith, M.J., Brodie, C., Kowalczyk, J., Michnowicz, S., McGough H.N. & Roberts J.A. (2006). Volumne 4 covers the genera AeridesCoelogyneComparettia and Masdevallia.

See CITES Orchid Checklist Volume 4 in Kew Shop

CITES Orchid Checklist 4

Volume 5

Sieder, A., Rainer, H. & Kiehn, M. (compilers) (2009). CITES Orchid Checklist, Volume 5. Bell, A., Brodie, C. & Simpson, R. (eds). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Volume 5 covers Bulbophyllum, Acrochaene, Chaseella, Codonosiphon, Drymoda, Momomeria, Monosepalum, Pedilochilus, Saccoglossum, Sunipia and Trias.

CITES Orchid Checklist 5

 

CITES Cactaceae Checklist (1999)

Hunt, D. (1999). 2nd Edition. Prepared by D. Hunt and a global network of experts, this is an essential reference for scientists, nurserymen and collectors, and the standard tool of CITES and enforcing agencies controlling the international trade in cacti.

See CITES Cactaceae Checklist in Kew Shop

 

CITES Bulb Checklist (1999)

Davis, A.P., McGough, H.N., Mathew, B. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1999). Produced as a tool for the day-to-day implementation of CITES, this book will be of equal value to botanists, horticulturists, growers, collectors and gardeners. It is a quick and easy reference to the accepted names of CyclamenGalanthus and Sternbergia, with identification keys, synonyms and information on distribution. 

See CITES Bulb Checklist in Kew Shop