List of Vascular Plants of the Korean Peninsula
What is the NABI List of Vascular Plants of the Korean Peninsula?
The Northeastern Asia Biodiversity Institute’s List of Vascular Plants of the Korean Peninsula is intended to minimize confusion by standardizing the use of common and scientific names of vascular plants in Korea. Built based on The Genera of Vascular Plants of Korea (Flora of Korea Editorial Committee, 2007) 1), National Species List (National Institute of Biological Resources) 2), and Korean Plant Names Index (Korea National Arboretum) 3), the NABI List of Vascular Plants of the Korean Peninsula comprises the common and scientific names of 4,415 native vascular plant taxa and 1,089 introduced vascular plant taxa including naturalized and cultivated species. Ten individual lists4) of species of special interest or concern (e.g., endangered species) are also available.
The taxonomic position of taxa within the order, family, and genus follows APW (Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, version 14) 5). The vascular plants are divided into lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms; the angiosperms are further classified into five groups: basal angiosperms, magnoliids, eudicots, ceratophyllales, and monocots. Genera and species are presented in alphabetical order.
Scientific names of taxa belonging to the ranks including and below species have been verified against The International Plant Names Index6), World Checklist of Selected Plant Families7), Tropicos8), and The Plant List9). Author names follow the IPNI Author Standard Form. Note that some of the names in the list may not be up to date or may be invalid. These names are currently being reviewed.
In the case of multiple common names, priority is given to the earliest published and the most well-known, given that the name is in grammatical Korean and is not vulgar. Note that the determination process is still in progress and the list will be continually updated as relevant studies are carried out.
The Northeastern Asia Biodiversity Institute’s List of Vascular Plants of the Korean Peninsula encompasses the common and scientific names of 5,504 vascular plant taxa recorded in the Korean Peninsula. However, be informed that the list also includes infraspecific taxa and species inquirenda and incertae sedis.
Recent studies have put an end to the perennial debate over the origin of cherry blossom by categorizing Korean cherry blossom and Japanese cherry blossom as two distinct species. Each species was since assigned a common and scientific name: Prunus × nudiflora (Koehne) Koidz. (wangbeojnamu; 왕벚나무) and Prunus × yedoensis Matsum. (someiyoshinobeojnamu; 소메이요시노벚나무). It should be noted that while Prunus × yedoensis Matsum. (someiyoshinobeojnamu; 소메이요시노벚나무) is commonly seen around the world, Prunus × nudiflora (Koehne) Koidz. (wangbeojnamu; 왕벚나무) is a rare species endemic to Jeju Island.
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