CITES resources

Find many of the CITES resources such as checklists and publications here.

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, better known as CITES, controls and monitors some 30,000 plants threatened, or potentially threatened, by international trade.

On this page you can find checklists and user guides with useful details and information of CITES-listed species. These publications and resources are intended for CITES authorities, CITES users and anyone interested in CITES implementation or conservation of the plant groups listed.  

We are the UK CITES Scientific Authority for plants. If you need any further help or training, please contact us at Current CITES publications are outlined below.

Many of the CITES publications are available to purchase from the Kew shop.


The family Orchidaceae is listed on Appendix II of CITES, except the taxa listed on Appendix I. These checklists are intended to be a useful quick reference for CITES Authorities and other interested stakeholders.



This guide covers the main timber species regulated by the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species (CITES). Written for the non-expert, individual sections cover the species found in trade, with details on their distribution, uses, traded parts and derivatives, and scientific and common names.


The CITES Aloe and Pachypodium and Cactaceae checklists are the current CITES standard reference for these species. The CITES and Cacti Guide covers the widely-traded cacti group and outlines how they are regulated by CITES. 



This User's Guide covers the widely-traded cycad group and outlines how they are regulated by CITES.


Carnivorous plants

This checklist incorporates the largest collection of published names for Dionaea, Nepenthes and Sarracenia, the three carnivorous plant genera included in the CITES Appendices.




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 Cyclamen, Galanthus and Sternbergia, with identification keys, synonyms and information on distribution


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