Name and synonymy resources

We work with collaborators around the globe to maintain authoritative resources of plant and fungal nomenclature and classification. Find the correct name and taxonomic classification of a species you are working on. Retrieve other names and publication information for that species.

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Plant and fungal taxonomy

  • Nodding, white flowers of the common snowdrop

    World Checklist of Vascular Plants

    Contains accepted names and over 1,020,000 synonyms for more than 343,000 plant species. It is the most comprehensive and actively curated dataset on plant taxonomy, created in collaboration with scientists from around the globe. Taxonomic information from WCVP is used in Plants of the World Online, Kew’s online resource providing images, uses, descriptions, distribution data for plant species.

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  • Round red fungi on a small tree trunk

    Species Fungorum

    Contains accepted names for over 160,000 synonyms for more than 149,000 fungal species. It is the longest running, most comprehensive and actively curated datasets on fungal taxonomy, created in collaboration with scientists from around the globe.

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  • World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

    Covering about half of the plant families from WCVP (encompassing around 140,000 species) that have been peer reviewed and supplemented with distribution data and bibliographic references that indicate their taxonomic history. We are working to complete reviews of all families at which point WCSP will be discontinued as a separate resource and its contents incorporated within WCVP.

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Plant and fungal nomenclature

The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) and Index Fungorum (IF) provide scientific names, and information on where they were published, who published them and if they comply with the rules set out in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN, Shenzhen code; San Juan Chapter F). For accepted names of a species, please use the taxonomic resources described above.

  • Yellow berries and shiny waxy green oval leaves

    International Plant Names Index

    Contains 1.4 million plant names.

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  • Forgotten Kingdom - Yellow Lichen

    Index Fungorum

    Contains more than half a million fungal names.

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Bags of Chinese herbs

Medicinal Plant Names Services

Contains half a million names associated with medicinal plants including scientific, pharmaceutical, trade and common names. Drawn from 170 pharmaceutical or medicinal plant publications covering 28,000 plant species with reported medicinal properties.

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