Tuesday, July 8, 2014

E-Flora BC: Family Name Changes

Plant taxonomists have been making many nomenclatural changes to plant names, and this includes changes to family names.  Recently some genera have been shifted to other families.  Over the next few weeks, you will notice that these changes are being put in place on E-Flora BC. 

Some of the changes you will encounter include the placement of maples (Acer) under Sapindaceae instead of Aceraceae, onion (Allium) under Amaryllidaceae instead of Liliaceae, and camas (Camassia) under Asparagaceae, instead of Liliaceae. 

In order to ensure that you can still search by family name, even if you don't know the new family names for species, we are developing a synonym search for families much as we presently have for species.

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