The Higher Plants of China
, consisting of 13 volumes, is to meet the great needs of a broad scope of researchers worldwide to study Chinese plant conservation, biodiversity, as well as the development and sustainable use of natural botanical resources. The volumes cover about 17 thousand species representing all the currently recognized plant families and genera in China. The selection of species has been determined by their commonness in the wild or under cultivation and their scientific and economic values. They are often distributed in more than two regions or sometimes found in only one region, but are common in neighboring countries. Representative species for each genus, including those introduced and naturalized, are often included. The systematic arrangements for bryophytes, pteridophytes, and gymnosperms follow the Flora Bryophytarum Sinicorum (FBS) and the FRPS (Vols 2-7), and that for angiosperms follows Cronquist's system. The contents of the volumes are as follows: Vol. 1: Bryophyta; Vol. 2: Pteridophyta; Vol. 3: Gymnospermae and Angiospermae (Magnoliaceae-Eucommiaceae); Vol. 4: Ulmaceae-Clusiaceae; Vol. 5: Elaeocarpaceae-Diapensiaceae; Vol. 6: Sapotaceae-Rosaceae; Vol. 7: Mimosaceae-Dichapetalaceae; Vol. 8: Buxaceae-Apiaceae; Vol. 9: Loganiaceae-Lamiaceae; Vol. 10: Phrymaceae-Theligonaceae; Vol. 11: Caprifoliaceae-Asteraceae; Vol. 12: Butomaceae-Poaceae; and Vol. 13: Sparganiaceae-Orchidaceae.