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3. About Plants

N.B. These days, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, can be recommended as a general subject search tool e.g. try "Aluka" or "Plant Conservation".

Plant Information Search
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  • Internet Directory for Botany
    This is a searchable alphabetical list of botanical web sites. It is written by botanists, rather than a commercial search organisation.
Herbarium Search
  • Aluka is an international initiative to build an on-line digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. One focus is the African Plants Initiative to store and distribute digital images of dried plant herbarium sheets, particularly type specimens. Materials are being contributed by over 100 partner institutions around the world, including the Compton, Bolus and Pretoria Herbaria in South Africa; Kew and the Natural History Museum in London.

    First released in Feb 2007, it currently contains more than 275,000 objects and returns over 100 items when searched about
    Adromischus. Alas, non-participating users are only permitted to see small thumbnails of the images and even that may cease after 30th Jun 2008.
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Occasional Adromischus sheets can be found on other major herbarium web sites e.g. Paris or the Netherlands. See this list from the Virtual Herbarium.
Plant Conservation
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
    The big picture for plant conservation! The GSPC is a framework to harmonise existing plant conservation initiatives, to identify gaps where new initiatives are required, and to mobilize the necessary resources. The (easily readable) Strategy includes five goals, expressed as sixteen, outcome-oriented, global targets set for 2010. To help nations meet the targets, a consortium of international and national plant and conservation agencies form the
    Global Partnership for Plant Conservation with their own Plants2010 web site. Will the UK meet these targets? Will any government meet these ambitious targets?
  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International
    BGCI was founded in 1987 to link botanic gardens as a co-operating global network for effective plant conservation. It now links over 2500 institutions in over 120 countries, all working together to preserve and promote plant diversity for people and the planet.
  • Convention on Biological Diversity
    At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed a strategy for "sustainable development" - the CBD. This pact among the vast majority of the world's governments, sets out commitments for maintaining the world's natural ecology as we go about the business of economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.
  • IUCN
    The World Conservation Union, through its Species Survival Commission (SSC), has for more than four decades been assessing the conservation status of plant & animal species on a global scale. Taxa threatened with extinction are evaluated using the IUCN Categories and Criteria and highlighted in the IUCN Red List. The list provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information and thus promotes their conservation. Here is the South African Plant Red List on-line.
Plant Trade
    The aim of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species is to ensure that cross-border trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Although Adromischus is not listed (see FAQ 2), a number of cacti & succulent plants are on Appendix I and their trade is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. All other cacti & many more succulents are on Appendix II and monitored & controlled.
  • EU Trade Regulations
    Official information about the European Union and the CITES regulations which apply to the UK, including lists of restricted plant species.
  • For South African plant trade requirements, see FAQ 13 .
Membership Societies
  • Royal Horticultural Society
    The RHS is the UK's largest horticultural organisation with over 330,000 members. Publishes "The Garden" and "The Plantsman" magazines. Web site contains an on-line Plant or Garden Finder and much more.
  • Plantlife
    The UK's wild plant conservation charity.
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Plant Term Glossaries
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Last Updated:Dec 2007
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