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How many species of seed plants are there?

Abstract:
Recent estimates of the number of described species of seed plant have varied by as much as 62%. The underlying methodology of these estimates is characterised and discussed. We present a revised figure for the number of seed plants based on estimating rates of synonymy in a sample of recently monographed taxa. We conclude that some recent figures overestimate the number of described seed plant species by more than 200,000. This discrepancy is explained by an over-reliance on checklists and floristic studies that underestimate synonymy rates.
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10.2307/3647306

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
Wortley, AH More by this author
Journal:
TAXON
Volume:
52
Issue:
1
Pages:
101-104
Publication date:
2003-02-05
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ISSN:
0040-0262
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uuid:48162e30-e82c-4a9f-9f49-a8410fdeb257
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38570
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pubs:38570

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