Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

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  1. What more can plant scientists do to help save the green stuff?

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):233 (2011) PMID 22059247

    The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was the first such effort under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and had gone through a 3-year process to reach the level of maturity that enabled it to be approved by consensus by all Governments present at the key session in The Ha...
  2. Plant diversity and conservation in China: planning a strategic bioresource for a sustainable future.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):282 (2011) PMID 22059249

    China is one of the richest countries for plant diversity with approximately 33 000 vascular plant species, ranking second in the world. However, the plant diversity in China is increasingly threatened, with an estimated 4000–5000 plant species being threatened or on the verge of extinction, mak...
  3. The context and development of a global framework for plant conservation.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):227 (2011) PMID 22059246

    A new international initiative for plant conservation was first called for as a resolution of the International Botanical Congress in 1999. The natural home for such an initiative was considered to be the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CB...
  4. How has government policy post-Global Strategy for Plant Conservation impacted on science? The Ethiopian perspective.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):310 (2011) PMID 22059251

    In this paper, existing relevant Ethiopian government biodiversity-related policies and strategies, and mandates of various institutions prior to GSPC targets, are reviewed. Response to whether or not institutions responded to GSPC targets as the result of new policies or rebranded their work to...
  5. Informing and influencing the interface between biodiversity science and biodiversity policy in South Africa.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):301 (2011) PMID 22059250

    South Africa, as a megadiverse country (±21 700 vascular plants, 4800 vertebrates and 68 900 invertebrates described), is presently engaged with an extended, modified Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). The country is fortunate in having a strong tradition of systematics research and,...
  6. Definition and insertion of the GSPC in the political context of Mexico.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):326 (2011) PMID 22059252

    Mexico as a megadiverse country houses between 6 and 8% of the world's flora. However, the Mexican flora is facing challenges, including the presence of at least 981 threatened plant species and 618 exotic plant species, habitat loss, pollution, overexploitation of natural resources and the adve...
  7. Strengthening the scientific contribution of botanic gardens to the second phase of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):267 (2011) PMID 22059248

    The need for action on the global environment is now well understood and governments, agencies, non-governmental organizations and botanic gardens have all been working in their various ways to promote environmental sustainability and reduce species and habitat loss for at least 10–20 years. The...
  8. Science and policy: valuing framing, language and listening.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(3):217 (2011) PMID 22026035

    This paper considers the context for science contributing to policy development and explores some critical issues that should inform science advocacy and influence with policy makers. The paper argues that the key challenges are at least as much in educating conservation scientists and science c...
  9. J. M. Despréaux' lichens from the Canary Islands and West Africa: an account of a 19th century collection found in an English archive.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 166(2):185 (2011) PMID 21941694

    This is an historical and descriptive account of 28 herbarium specimens, 27 lichens and an alga, found in the archives of Charles Chalcraft, a descendant of the Bedford family, who were dye manufacturers in Leeds, England, in the 19th century. The lichens comprise 13 different morphotypes collec...
  10. The female reproductive unit of ephedra (Gnetales): comparative morphology and evolutionary perspectives.

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 163(4):387 (2010) PMID 20799438

    Morphological variation in Ephedra (Gnetales) is limited and confusing from an evolutionary perspective, with parallelisms and intraspecific variation. However, recent analyses of molecular data provide a phylogenetic framework for investigations of morphological traits, albeit with few informat...
  11. A new species of Misopates Raf. (Scrophulariaceae, Antirrhineae)

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):421 (2001)

    Misopates pontiense sp. nov. is described from one population located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. It is an annual, living on charred soils. Its distinguishing characteristics include its seeds, which have a carinate dorsal face and an encircling rounded ridge with cylin...
  12. Comparison of in vitro decomposition of bryophytic and tracheophytic plant material

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):375 (2001)

    The fossil record of bryophytes is generally poor and infertile plants attributable to liverworts and mosses could also be thalloid vascular plant gametophytes or herbaceous lycophytes respectively. The paucity of the bryophytic record could be the result of relatively rapid degradatio...
  13. A new species of Globularia L. (Globulariaceae) from South Anatolia

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):425 (2001)

    A new species of Globularia L G. hedgei H. Duman sp. nov., is described and illustrated. The species is restricted to the south of Sütçüler (Isparta) and grows on calcareous rocky cliffs. It is suggested that its IUCN category is Critically Endangered (CR). Diagnostic morphological cha...
  14. Book Review

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):443 (2001)

  15. A new genus of filicalean fern from the Lower Permian of China

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):429 (2001)

    Recent investigation on the Cathaysian flora of the Lower Permian Taiyuan Formation in Hebei Province, North China has led to the discovery of a new type of fern, Rastropteris pingquanensis gen. et sp. nov. Preserved as a permineralization, the stem, with a mantle of petiole bases and ...
  16. Chromosome counts in the genus Festuca L. section Festuca (Poaceae) in the Iberian Peninsula

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):385 (2001)

    Chromosome numbers have been counted in 102 populations belonging to 34 taxa of Festuca L. section Festuca from the Iberian Peninsula. Four of these taxa have been counted for the first time and another three for the first time from the Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, the levels of plo...
  17. New or rare chromosome counts in Artemisia L. (Asteraceae, Anthemideae) and related genera from Kazakhstan

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):399 (2001)

    Fifteen chromosome counts of six Artemisia taxa and one species of each of the generaBrachanthemum , Hippolytia, Kaschgaria, Lepidolopsis and Turaniphytum are reported from Kazakhstan. Three of them are new reports, two are not consistent with previous counts and the remainder are conf...
  18. A new species of Piper (Piperaceae) from Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):417 (2001)

    A new species Piper arunachalensis Gajurel, Rethy et Kumar (Piperaceae) from Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India is described and illustrated. It is considered to be endemic to Arunachal Pradesh. The morphological differences between the species and related taxa are discussed and a ...
  19. A new Turkish species of Salvia L. (Lamiaceae)

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):413 (2001)

    A new species, Salvia hedgeana Dönmez, is described from Turkey. Diagnostic characters, description, detailed illustration and taxonomic comments on the species are given. Its relationships with S. huberi andS. rosifolia are discussed. A map including the distribution of the species an...
  20. Pandanus subg. Martellidendron (Pandanaceae) part II: revision of sect. Martellidendron Pic. Serm. in Madagascar

    Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 137(4):353 (2001)

    This paper provides a taxonomic revision of Pandanus sect. Martellidendron, which so far comprises six species of which only one is known from both staminate and pistillate plants. Research in herbaria and in the field in Madagascar has provided the data on which a revision of the uncl...