Content of the “Flora of Greece” Web

This new website: a) brings together data from authoritative sources, b) contains information on all species and subspecies of vascular plants occurring in Greece and c) will be updated continuously.

In October 2013, the vascular flora of Greece comprised 5758 species and 1970 subspecies (native and naturalized), representing 6620 taxa, belonging to 1073 genera and 185 families. The full dataset has a total of 7734 records, comprising species and subspecies plus ten sections of Taraxacum and one aggregate (Portulaca oleracea aggr.). The only species for which the status of “native but extinct” was confirmed are Staphylea pinnata (NE) and Stratiotes aloides (NC).

More specifically and synoptically the “Flora of Greece” Web contains:

  • 7734 valid taxa names
  • 7211 synonyms
    Note on synonyms: the listed synonymies a) keep within the taxonomic ranks of species and subspecies; varietal rank is considered only when it has been found repeatedly incorrectly used at subspecific rank in the literature analyzed, b) include designations not validly published and illegitimate names (including nomina nuda, confusing names and rejected names), as far as they have been used in the extracted floristic studies. Highlighting or qualifying them was beyond the scope of the Vascular Plants Checklist of Greece, and only misapplied designations are marked with the standard phrase “auct. fl . graec.” (auctorum florae graecae, of authors of the Greek flora, i.e. in the sense of authors on Greek floristics), followed by the correct (though misapplied) nomenclatural authority. Lacking nomenclatural validity or legitimacy were no criteria to omit names, aiming at creating a tool for proper assessment of previous literature sources of Greek floristics.
  • 1050 “excluded taxa”, i.e. taxa disregarded as being reported in error, non-established aliens, non-stabilized hybrids, taxonomically enigmatic, or vanished from Greece accompanied
  • 1327 comments on taxa disregarded as being reported in error, non-established aliens, non-stabilized hybrids, taxonomically enigmatic, or vanished.
  • Distribution maps showing occurrence of each taxon in the 13 floristic (phytogeographical) regions of Greece
  • Chorological category/type for each taxon
  • Life-form category for each taxon
  • Status for each taxon (native, alien, range-restricted)
  • Habitat category that a taxon occupies (falling mostly into one habitat category but may comprise two or more categories)
  • Photographs of selected taxa
  • Bibliography

We welcome collaborators to contribute information for particular taxa, as well as photos for all the taxa of the Greek Flora.