NOTE (July 22, 2013): Because of a restructuring of various data fields, the overall speed of the website has increased substantially, enabling searches and sorts to be performed more efficiently.
NEWS (July 17, 2013): A taxonomic toggle, enabling the application of either traditional or APG classification of the North American flora has been added to BONAP’s Taxonomic Data Center.
After many months of debate, and nearly a year of data transformation and programming, it's now possible to toggle the classification of your choice; either traditional (Engler and Prantl), or Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG). The APG option was requested by many individuals within our user community, who sought the application of the most current and most universally accepted molecular classification standard. However, equally requested from nurserymen, conservationists, and others within the botanical community, was retention of the traditional classification. They maintain that the monophyletic premise upon which APG taxonomy is predicated is untenable, unnecessary, and although potentially useful for some classifications, has its own limitations and uncertainties, many of which are discussed openly even among molecular researchers. Rather than siding with either group, at least for this edition of the TDC, I have capitulated to both sides by offering a classification option. This option applies not only to family/genus relationships of the website, but also to the family key, county and state-level phytogeographies, and to the biological attributes. Although BONAP has struggled mightily to produce this compromise, modifications and corrections will likely continue to appear within subsequent editions of the TDC. We welcome all points of view and corrections.
NEWS (July 7, 2013): BONAP provides maps for nearly 175,000 false reports of plant occurrences throughout North America.
To help reduce the perpetuation of errant phytogeographic reports of plant occurrences in North America at both US county and US state, or equivalent levels, BONAP has produced maps for every taxon known to have errant distributional reports. Many of these reports are old, lack accompanying voucher documentation, and are therefore deemed to be untrustworthy. Some of these reports have resulted from misidentifications, others from misapplication of names, or mislabeling of herbarium sheets, while still others are based upon cultivated occurrences only, with a few based entirely upon fraudulent vouchers, intended to deliberately mislead floristitions and phytogeographers. Although impossible to include all false reports, we have provided maps of the most often recurring ones in order to abate further perpetuation of these errors.
Every flora and florula produced historically in North America, including mine (!), contains distributional errors. Indeed, it is in part a mentally accepted concession reached by many of us who pursue floristics, and who understand fully that we deal with an imperfect subject, one based primarily upon observations, some of which we interpret correctly, others incorrectly. However, BONAP's goal in this enterprise is to establish a more perfect system by citing a single, reliable voucher for every known county-level, or equivalent occurrence. Currently, we have completed nearly 70% of the task, and although I may not be able to complete the task alone, others may recognize its benefit and continue the effort.
NEWS (July 1, 2013): BONAP provides a partial update of the TDC
Within this JULY 1, 2013 edition of the BONAP website, we have provided a partial data edit of the taxonomy and nomenclature. Too, we have added nearly 20,000 US county-level records that were undocumented previously. A more comprehensive edit of the entire website is scheduled later in 2013. That edition will include all taxonomic and nomenclatural changes through 2012, plus the addition of 30,000 or more county-level distributions.
NEWS (June 20, 2013): Two new documents are added to the TDC; first, taxa excluded from the flora of North America; second, names considered to be illegitimate or invalidly published.
List 2 - Included within list 2 are names found throughout the North American literature that have not met the minimum requirements for validation of publication. All of these names are arranged by their traditional families.
NEWS (April 11, 2013): BONAP’s Customized Geographic Database Page is now fully functional. Our Customized Geographic Database Page (TDC-CGD) is now fully functional and ready for use. Options for creating an account and signing in can be found atop the page.
NEWS: BONAP plan to release the Floristic Synthesis of the North America in 2011. See Summary for description.
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