the electronic Plant Information Centre. Kew Gardens has
released the first stage in a new online information resource
discovery service. You can now search for plant information across
four databases held at Kew in one action. The first release
a) The International
Plant Names Index (IPNI). A list of plant names giving place of
publication, storing c1.4 million scientific plant names. Comprising
data from 3 hitherto separate indexes (Index Kewensis, Gray Card
Index and the Australian Plant Name Index.
data in the 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.
c) The Survey of
Economic Plants of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (SEPASAL).
Information about the economic uses of plants in 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
d) The living
collection of Kew Gardens, comprising some 70,000 specimens of
30,000 different taxa.
The Kew Library
makes information about Kew's collections available to a worldwide
readership for the first time.
This resource currently
holds more than 145,000 individual records, mostly for published
material like monographs and pamphlets. About 700 of the ca. 4,000
periodical titles held at Kew have entries on the catalogue, mainly
those acquired by purchase.
More recent additions
to the catalogue include recommended Internet resources relating to
botany, which can be viewed via hyperlink from within bibliographic
records. Another key feature of this botanical gateway is the
ability to search other libraries from within the catalogue itself.
Live connections to the Library of Congress and the Natural History
Museum, London, are already set up and links to further libraries
with relevant collections will be added in the future.
This information system about Spanish plants originated from the
experience of the project Flora iberica and the collaboration
of Fundación Biodiversidad. Thus, the Real Jardín Botánico (Consejo
Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) has set up an on-line
database that includes chorologic data (560,000 bibliographic
citations) related to 54,000 names (accepted + synonyms), drawings,
photographs, vernacular names (47,000), karyological data (10,000),
conservation status, as well as distribution maps.
Biocat. Database on the
biodiversity of Catalonia (Spain).
It is the first and
largest database on vascular flora and vegetation of Spain in
Internet. It has been developed by the Departamento de Biología
Vegetal de la Universidad de Barcelona. In this database information
on the vascular flora (1,330,009 citations), cryptogamic flora
(fungi: 45.000) and vegetation (17,000 inventories) of Catalonia is
available. A module dedicated to lichens is currently in
This database allows
searches by name, UTM co-ordinates, plant community, bibliography,
etc. It has distribution maps (10x10 Km), photographs and data on
The Flora Commission of the Spanish Committee of the IUCN has made
available on line its journal on information about plant
conservation in Spain. It allows the access to recovery plans and
conservation and management of plants in Spain and in other
countries, as well as access to legislation.
information server of the network of libraries of CSIC, the main
research entity in Spain, it is possible to access to all its
bibliographic and electronic resources: network of libraries,
catalogues, databases, electronic journals, etc.