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It’s been a rollercoaster of a project, and the results will be far from perfect but it will be the most comprehensive list to date.

–Eimear Nic Lughadha, head of science policy and co-ordination, Kew Gardens (via BBC News)

A rose by any other name is still, apparently, a rose.

Scientists from the UK and US are reducing the ‘official’ number of flowering plant species by over 600,000 to around 400,000, according to estimates.

Researchers from London’s Kew Gardens the Missouri Botanical Garden in the US are cooperating in a project to reclassify the plant list, which doesn’t contain ferns or algae, by eliminating duplicate names for the same species. Reasons for streamlining the list include simplifying ways to access information on useful plants and reducing confusion by eliminating multiple names for the same plant.

From an article in the Guardian:

The project – which has taken nearly three years – was the number one request made by the 193 government members of the Convention on Biological Diversity at their meeting in 2002. There were concerns that without this work, it would be impossible to work out how many plants were under threat and how successful conservationists were in saving them.

According to a report in the Telegraph, there are 790 names for tomatoes, and no one needs that.