Question by RCSparrow: What is the standard reference for plant taxonomy?
For mammals it seems to be the Mammals Species of the World, for birds Clements, Handbook of Birds of the World, or IOC lists. So what is the standard reference, or references, for plants?
Answer by Marilyn
Each state or region has a different “standard reference”. In California it used to be Munz, now it’s Jepson’s Flora. The ongoing Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA) is an attempt to create a current standard reference for that area. However, there is no consensus on the one leading system of classification and the FNA discusses the similarities and differences between the three leading systems: Cronquist, Takhtajan and Thorne. Not all volumes have been published.
The answer is that it will depend on what region you are talking about. And, remember there are a lot more plants than either mammals or birds.
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