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Identifying gaps in the photographic record of the vascular plant flora of the Americas

Pitman N.C.A., Suwa T., Ulloa Ulloa C., Miller J., Solomon J., Philipp J., Vriesendorp C.F., Derby Lewis A., Perk S., Bonnet P., Joly A., Tobler M.W., Best J.H., Janovec J.P., Nixon K.C., Thiers B.M., Tulig M., Gilbert E.E., Campostrini Forzza R., Zimbrão G., Ranzato Filardi F.L., Turner R., Zuloaga F.O., Belgrano M.J., Zanotti C.A., de Vos J.M., Hettwer Giehl E.L., Paine C.E.T., Texeira de Queiroz R., Romoleroux K., Hilo de Souza E.. 2021. Nature Plants : 7 p..

DOI: 10.1038/s41477-021-00974-2

Field photographs of plant species are crucial for research and conservation, but the lack of a centralized database makes them difficult to locate. We surveyed 25 online databases of field photographs and found that they harboured only about 53% of the approximately 125,000 vascular plant species of the Americas. These results reflect the urgent need for a centralized database that can both integrate and complete the photographic record of the world's flora.

Mots-clés : flore; photographies; botanique; banque de données; collection botanique; biodiversité; amériques

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