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Somewhat OT: downloadable plant species data?

  • Subject: Somewhat OT: downloadable plant species data?
  • From: Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:06:14 -0500 (CDT)


I'm looking for a source of plant species data that I can download. A few 
years ago, I found a source which allowed me to download text files, one 
per family, each one a list of genera within that family. I've had a lot 
of fun with them.

Now I'm looking for the same thing, but one level down - ideally, I'd like 
to find a bunch of text files, one per genus, each one a list of the 
species within that genus. But I'm not really picky - I'd also be happy 
with just a single huge file that is a list of every plant species known 
to science, even if it's not sorted, and pretty much regardless of how big 
it is. Formatting isn't really an issue, either, even if the information 
has to be pulled from multiple files, nor does it matter if there is 
infraspecific or other surplus data included, as long as it's identified 
in some way in the records. (I can probably find something fun to do with 
it, in fact.)

I'm aware that the landscape of plant taxonomy is always in flux and that 
any such data source would represent at best a single shapshot from a 
single perspective, but that's OK - it won't matter for what I'm doing.

I suppose I should say that this is purely a non-commercial thing which 
I'm doing for my own amusement. There's no chance whatever of any product 
or profit arising from it. 

All help or suggestions appreciated,


-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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