Data Sources

The following Data Sources are searchable from within ePIC.

    Plant names
      International Plant Names Index (IPNI)
      World Checklist of Monocotyledons
    Bibliographies
      Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature
      Library Catalogue
      Micromorphology Bibliography
      Economic Botany Bibliography
    Collections
      Herbarium Catalogue
      Living Collection
      Economic Botany Collections
    Species-level information
      Seed Information
      Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (SEPASAL)
    Floras
      Flora Zambesiaca
    Miscellaneous
      Kew Web Site

Plant Names

International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

A list of plant names giving place of publication, storing c1.5 million scientific plant names. Comprising data from 3 hitherto separate indexes (Index Kewensis, Gray Card Index and the Australian Plant Name Index), IPNI is the result of a collaboration between Kew Gardens, the Harvard Herbaria and the Australian National Herbarium, Canberra. IPNI data is copyright the Plant Names Project. You may not download more than 2,000 records.

Web site: www.ipni.org
Contact: ik@kew.org

World Checklist of Monocotyledons

A database of accepted names, synonyms, geographical distribution and life form for monocot plants. Currently the checklist includes c65,000 accepted taxa in 78 families. When complete it will include c.80,000 accepted taxa for all Monocot families. Generic concepts follow Vascular Plant Families and Genera. Citation of authors follows Authors of Plant Names and terminology for life-forms is based on the Raunkier system (1934). Geographical distribution is comprised of a generalised statement in narrative form, and TDWG Level 3 codes.

Web site: www.kew.org/wcsp/monocots
Contact: wcb@kew.org

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Bibliographies

Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature

A bibliography of over 200,000 publications published since 1971 and relating to the taxonomy of flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. It also includes references on phytogeography, nomenclature, chromosome surveys, floras and botanical institutions, along with relevant bibliographies and biographies.

Web site: www.kew.org/kbd/aboutpage.do
Contact: biblio@kew.org

Library Catalogue

Bibliographic details of 145,000 titles held in the Library of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The main subject area is plant taxonomy and systematics.

Web site: www.kew.org/library
Contact: webcat@kew.org

Micromorphology Bibliography

A bibliography of over 100,000 references to publications relating to all aspects of vegetative and reproductive anatomy of flowering plants (angiosperm and gymnosperm), and vegetative anatomy of ferns (pteridophytes). It covers most of the work published in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and is regularly updated with new literature. Common subject areas include ontogeny, ultrastructure, techniques, palaeobotany, embryology and seed anatomy.

Web site: www.kew.org/kbd/aboutpage.do
Contact: PMB.Database@kew.org

Economic Botany Bibliography

A bibliography of around 33,000 references to publications relating to the uses by humans of flowering plants, gymnosperms and ferns. Entries date from the late nineteenth century to 2003, when data entry stopped. Subjects covered include the ethnobotany of plant use in traditional societies, medical and industrial uses of plants, and their domestication and history. Coverage focuses on wild plants and minor crop plants

Web site: www.kew.org/kbd/aboutpage.do
Contact: biblio@kew.org

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Collections

Herbarium Catalogue

Label data from dry and spirit specimens of flowering plants, ferns and gymnosperms held in Kew's herbarium. Information recorded includes the plant name, collection and determination data, locality and type status. Digitisation is proceeding and as of June 2006 the database consisted of c193,600 specimens. Further digitisation is likely to focus on type specimens. A potential c7,000,000 specimens (c275,000 types) may eventually be digitised.

Web site: www.kew.org/herbcat
Contact: herbcat@kew.org

Living Collection

The living collection of Kew Gardens, comprising some 70,000 specimens of 30,000 diffferent taxa. Primarily flowering plants and pteridophytes, with global coverage from cold temperate regions through to the tropics.

Web site: www.kew.org/data/lcd.html
Contact: plantrecs@kew.org

Economic Botany Collections

The Economic Botany Collections contain over 78,000 plant specimens and plant products illustrating uses of plants around the globe, including over 32,000 wood samples. Established at Kew in 1847, the collections continue to grow today, recording different cultural uses of plants and reflecting our dependence of them in our everyday lives. A brief description, provenance and uses are recorded in addition to the plant name.

Web site: www.kew.org/collections/ecbot.html
Contact: ecbot@kew.org

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Species-level Information

Seed Information

Seed biological data of various kinds (e.g. storage type, seed mass, oil content, dispersal method, germination), covering c26,000 species from around the world. Abstracted from published literature, and from data collected in the Millennium Seed Bank Project.

Web site: www.kew.org/data/sid/
Contact: sid@kew.org

Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (SEPASAL)

A database of useful species of "wild" and semi-domesticated vascular plants of tropical and sub-tropical drylands. Uses, distribution, use-related properties, environmental tolerances, synonymy and vernacular names are stored for more than 6,200 species.

Web site: www.kew.org/ceb/sepasal
Contact: sepasal@kew.org

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Floras

Flora Zambesiaca

A comprehensive descriptive account of the flowering plants and ferns native and naturalised in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip. Flora Zambesiaca is published by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on behalf of the Managing Committee. The work is produced (in paperback) as parts or as whole volumes as and when they are ready, and is currently c60% complete. Since 1960 there have been 14 volumes divided into 50 parts, of which 29 are published. Approximately 24,500 plant names have been treated so far.

Web site: www.kew.org/efloras/
Contact: fzweb@kew.org

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Miscellaneous

Kew Web Site

Information from selected areas of the Kew web site, including information under the headings of "Science and Horticulture", "Collections", "Conservation and Wildlife", "Education" and "Data and Publications". The results may include textual documents, reports, images, PDF files, and a variety of other material.

Web site: www.kew.org/
Contact: info@kew.org