Database Details : World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

Full name: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Short name: WCSP
Version: Aug 2017
Release date: 2017-08-25
Authors/editors: Govaerts R. (ed). For a full list of reviewers see:
Taxonomic coverage: Plantae - Tracheophyta - Ginkgoopsida, Gnetopsida
Plantae - Tracheophyta - Liliopsida - Acorales - Acoraceae
Alismatales - Alismataceae, Aponogetonaceae, Araceae, Butomaceae, Cymodoceaceae, Hydrocharitaceae, Juncaginaceae, Maundiaceae, Posidoniaceae, Potamogetonaceae, Ruppiaceae, Scheuchzeriaceae, Tofieldiaceae, Zosteraceae
Arecales - Arecaceae, Dasypogonaceae
Asparagales - Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae, Asphodelaceae, Asteliaceae, Blandfordiaceae, Boryaceae, Doryanthaceae, Hypoxidaceae, Iridaceae, Ixioliriaceae, Lanariaceae, Orchidaceae, Tecophilaeaceae, Xanthorrhoeaceae, Xeronemataceae
Commelinales - Commelinaceae, Haemodoraceae, Hanguanaceae, Philydraceae, Pontederiaceae
Dioscoreales - Burmanniaceae, Dioscoreaceae, Nartheciaceae
Liliales - Alstroemeriaceae, Campynemataceae, Colchicaceae, Corsiaceae, Liliaceae, Melanthiaceae, Petermanniaceae, Philesiaceae, Ripogonaceae, Smilacaceae
Pandanales - Cyclanthaceae, Pandanaceae, Stemonaceae, Triuridaceae, Velloziaceae
Petrosaviales - Petrosaviaceae
Poales - Bromeliaceae, Cyperaceae, Ecdeiocoleaceae, Eriocaulaceae, Flagellariaceae, Joinvilleaceae, Mayacaceae, Poaceae, Rapateaceae, Restionaceae, Thurniaceae, Typhaceae, Xyridaceae
Zingiberales - Cannaceae, Costaceae, Heliconiaceae, Lowiaceae, Marantaceae, Musaceae, Strelitziaceae, Zingiberaceae
Plantae - Tracheophyta - Magnoliopsida - Apiales - Araliaceae, Myodocarpaceae
Aquifoliales - Cardiopteridaceae
Asterales - Campanulaceae
Brassicales - Bataceae
Cornales - Cornaceae, Nyssaceae
Cucurbitales - Begoniaceae
Ericales - Clethraceae, Ebenaceae, Lecythidaceae, Sapotaceae
Fagales - Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Nothofagaceae, Ticodendraceae
Garryales - Eucommiaceae, Garryaceae
Gentianales - Rubiaceae
Huerteales - Petenaeaceae, Sarcolaenaceae
Lamiales - Lamiaceae, Oleaceae, Schlegeliaceae, Verbenaceae
Magnoliales - Magnoliaceae
Malpighiales - Caryocaraceae, Centroplacaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Pandaceae, Peraceae, Phyllanthaceae, Picrodendraceae, Putranjivaceae
Malvales - Sphaerosepalaceae
Santalales - Opiliaceae
English name of the group: 116 families of seed plants
Number of living species 120,291
Number of living infraspecific taxa 13,092
Number of extinct species: 0
Number of extinct infraspecific taxa: 0
Number of synonyms: 278,251
Number of common names: 0
Total number of names: 411,634
Abstract: These global plant family checklists are facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Each family checklist aims to provide the correct scientific name and includes all known published and accepted species and infraspecific taxa with their synonyms. They include the global distribution both in a narrative form and as the Botanical country codes as defined by the Taxonomic Databases Working Group. Pertinent nomenclatural and other comments as well as life-forms are included. All data have been peer reviewed by nomenclatural, taxonomic and regional experts from accross the world. Poaceae data is derived from Grassbase - the online world grassflora, W.D. Clayton, K.T. Harman & H. Williamson (
Organization: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
Bibliographic citation: Govaerts R. (ed). For a full list of reviewers see: (2019). WCSP: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (version Aug 2017). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 2019 Annual Checklist (Roskov Y., Ower G., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds.). Digital resource at Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-884X.