Developing Tools for Mapping & Identification of Monocotyledons (eMonocot)
Iris acutiloba, Iran.
Photo by Mehdi Zarrei
Monocotyledons represent 20% of all flowering plants and contain many species of key importance for provisioning and regulating ecosystem services.
eMonocot aims to create a global online resource for monocot plants. It will provide a focus for taxonomists working on monocots and will help people discover information about monocots by providing tools for identification, up-to-date checklists, descriptions and links to other resources.
When complete, eMonocot will:
- Enable the identification of monocot plants anywhere in the world.
- Provide a wealth of information about monocot species, genera and families
- Address separately the needs of different users, from professional taxonomists through ecologists and conservation biologists to gardeners and the interested public.
- Link together monocot taxonomists to enhance their productivity, particularly those working in smaller institutions without access to large collections and libraries.
- Provide a model for the web taxonomy of the rest of the plant kingdom and for animal groups.
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