A history and overview of the Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae (FRPS, Flora of China, Chinese edition, 1959–2004)

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Abstract:

The Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae (FRPS) is one of the largest floristic projects in the world. The final product, 80 volumes in 126 parts, represents work by four generations of Chinese plant taxonomists during 45 years (1959–2004) and treats 31,180 species (300 families, 3,434 genera) on over 40,000 pages. More than half of the species (54%) are endemic to China. This monumental flora has not yet been thoroughly reviewed. The history of the project is described with comments on outline, statistics, largest families and genera, names of authors and editors, quality, species concept, new taxa, specimens, and proofing and indexing.

Keywords: FLORA OF CHINA; FLORA REIPUBLICAE POPULARIS SINICAE; HISTORY; OVERVIEW

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11225-1099, U.S.A.

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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