World Checklist of Palms
Authors: Rafael Govaerts, John Dransfield. 235pp. 155mm x 235mm. Paperback, ISBN 9781842460849, Kew Publishing 2005,
The palm family, considered to be second only to the grasses among monocotyledonous plants of economic importance, is of immense significance to man, especially among rural communities in the tropics, where wild palms are intensively utilised. The 'World Checklist of Palms' is the unique resource that lists all validly published names of palms, providing the source of their publication and indication of which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms. Geographical distribution is also included for all accepted species.
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Rafaёl Govaerts has worked at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1994. He generates synonymised taxonomic lists for selected families and is currently completing all Monocot families. He is co-author of Kew’s World Checklist and Bibliography series. He is convener for TDWG and has interests in plant conservation.
John Dransfield has worked at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1975 and is a leading specialist in the systematics of palms with experience in their natural habitats worldwide. He is co-author of Genera Palmarum, the standard scientific reference book for palms, and co-edits PALMS, Journal of the International Palm Society.
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