Experiments with The Plant List

by Rod Page

This web site explores some things which could be done with The Plant List, were it not for the restrictive license placed on the data.

The Plant List has released its data under a restrictive Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license, meaning that "[y]ou may not alter, transform, or build upon this work". You can't take the data (properly attributed), add information you might have, then make that expanded data set available to the community to build upon.

In my blog post The Plant List: nice data, shame it's not open I explained why I think this choice of licensing is can impediment to efforts to integrate knowledge about plant taxonomy from diverse sources, such as taxonomic name databases and the primary literature. To make this point more concrete, I've created this site to show the kinds of things that The Plant List's choice of license prevents the taxonomic community from doing.

Browse plant list

(You can also search for a plant genus using the search box at the top right.)

Angiosperms Gymnosperms Pteridophytes Bryophytes
Image from Wikipedia Image from Wikipedia Image from Wikipedia Image from Wikipedia


Plant names obtained from The Plant List web site. Images from Wikipedia. Bibliographic matching using bioGUID OpenURL resolver.

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