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Re: Somewhat OT: downloadable plant species data?

  • Subject: Re: Somewhat OT: downloadable plant species data?
  • From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 19:34:58 -0500

Dear Steve:

	I think that the Kew Checklist where you can chose any genus or
any region and download all the Araceae in a list is what you might want
to check out.  I have used it a lot.  It does have some extraneous name
information that you might want to delete. 

Tom

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Steve Marak
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:06 AM
To: Aroid list
Subject: [Aroid-l] Somewhat OT: downloadable plant species data?

Aroiders,

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

-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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