Database details

Full name:

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

Short name:

World Checklist of Selected Plant Families


15 Oct 2007

Release date:

October 15th, 2007


R Govaerts (ed). See for the list of reviewers.

Taxonomic coverage:

Plantae - Ginkgophyta, Gnetophyta, Magnoliophyta - Liliopsida (except Iridaceae, Juncaceae, Poaceae & Potamogetonaceae) & Magnoliopsida - Araliaceae, Betulaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fagaceae, Garryaceae, Magnoliaceae, Nothofagaceae, Pandaceae, Phyllanthaceae, Picrodendraceae, Putranjivaceae, Sapotaceae & Ticodendraceae

Number of species names:

83,298 accepted names; 118,376 synonyms

Number of infraspecies names:

9,211 accepted names; 35,968 synonyms

Number of common names:


Total number of names:



These global plant family checklists are compiled at 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.


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

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