This book is an up-to-date checklist of the current valid taxonomy
for all vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens in British Columbia,
including synonyms, species codes, and other information. A convenient,
geographically restricted, comprehensive checklist like this one will
aid greatly in avoiding the present confusion concerning the names of
many species in the ecological and systematic literature, as well as in
The book is organized into three sections. Part 1 organizes species
alphabetically according to taxonomic order by families of vascular
plants, bryophytes, and lichens. Within each family, the genera are
listed alphabetically, along with any synonomies (former names) and
common names. In Part 2 species are organized alphabetically according
to their scientific names. Part 3 lists common names followed by their
scientific names. Excluded names (names inappropriately applied to
plants in B.C.) are given in an appendix. Those familiar with plant
taxonomy will find Part 1 particularly helpful when checking
nomenclature; semi-professionals familiar with scientific names will
use Part 2 and then Part 1; those who know only common names will check
Part 3 and then Part 2 and Part 1 to determine families.
There is presently considerable confusion about many species names
in B.C. Plant names change for many reasons and new plants invade.
Information about plants in B.C. is scattered in several checklists,
most of them incomplete or out of date; for some species, such as
liverworts, no provincial checklist even exists. This checklist
therefore will be useful to all professionals working with vegetation
and for students in agriculture, botany, ecology, forestry and other
sciences. Although the focus is on B.C., the book will also be useful
outside the province, particularly in the northwest American states and
in Alberta and the Yukon.
Hong Qian and Karel Klinka are both members of the Forest Sciences Department, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.
Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1: Systematic Lists of Scientific Names Vascular Plants Bryophytes Lichens Part 2: Alphabetical List of Scientific Names Part 3: Alphabetical List of Common Names Appendix: Excluded Names