Flora of the Caucasus Region|
The New York Botanical Garden in collaboration with the Institute
of Botany of the Georgian Academy of Sciences is working on a project to document
the flora of the Republic of Georgia and strengthen the capacity for botanical
science in this floristically important part of the world.
The Caucasus Region, encompassing the entire country of Georgia
and parts of neighboring Turkey, Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan was named
one of the world's 25 biodiversity hotspots by Conservation International.
Nearly one third of the flora of Georgia, comprising some 4400 species, is
of special conservation concern. Many of these endemic, rare, threatened,
or vulnerable plants are at risk of extinction if adequate measures are not
undertaken to protect them and the ecosystems they inhabit.
A checklist of these important plants was compiled by scientists
from the Institute of Botany in Tblisi and staff from
Missouri Botanical Garden.
List of taxa available in the catalog
In August 2001, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Stevenson
of The New York Botanical Garden, collections of Georgian plant material for
floristic, systematic and phytochemical study began. These and other specimens
from Georgia, housed in the Garden's William and Linda Steere Herbarium, are
being databased and imaged to create this catalog. In addition, we are providing
infrastructure support and training, as well as hardware and software that
will enable our Georgian colleagues to begin databasing and imaging specimens
from Herbaria within Georgia. The specimen data from these areas, combined
in this catalog, will be accessible to Georgian researchers and to the worldwide
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