The Flora of the Guianas is a critical treatment of the plant taxa occurring in the Guianas, and deals, in principle, with phanerogams as well as cryptogams. It is based on studies of herbarium collections, including types, living plants, and of all relevant literature. (download factsheet)
CONTENTS: Publication takes place in fascicles, each treating a single family, or a group of related families, in the following series: A: Phanerogams; B: Ferns and Fern allies; C: Bryophytes; D: Algae;and E: Fungi and Lichens. A list of numbered families in taxonomic order has been established for the Phanerogams. Publication of fascicles will take place when available.
In the Supplemetary series other relevant information concerning the plant collections from the Guianas appears, like indexes of plant collectors.
The Flora is designed not only for use by taxonomists, but also for practical use. Whenever possible, it will contain data on the economic value and use of the plant taxa, such as chapters on wood and bark anatomy in timber-supplying families, potential for cultivation, and also information on the need for conservation of taxa and/or habitats. Despite all the collecting done so far in the Guianas, a complete sampling of the region has not yet been achieved. A program of exploration will, therefore, be carried out. The scientific data serving as the basis for the Flora will also provide valuable information for studies in other disciplines. The Flora is expected to stimulate research in many other fields, especially with regard to the natural resources of the area and their conservation and development.
For practical reasons the region is limited to the political territories of Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
Flora of the Guianas Consortium
The Flora of the Guianas is a co-operative project of the Botanischer Garten and Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin; Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Cayenne; University of Guyana, Georgetown; Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; New York Botanical Garden, New York; National Herbarium, University of Suriname, Paramaribo; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, Utrecht branch, Utrecht; and Systematic Biology, Botany Section, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The Flora is edited by the Advisory Board; Executive Editor: Marion J. Jansen-Jacobs, Utrecht . Members: Harrie Sipman, Berlin ;Jean-Jaques de Granville & Sophie Gonzalez, Cayenne; Phillip Da Silva, Georgetown; Eve Lucas, Kew (Chairman); Scott A. Mori, New York; Caroline Rahan-Chin, Paramaribo; Odile Poncy, Paris; Hans ter Steege, Utrecht; and Pedro Acevedo, Washington, D.C.