Alaska has long facilitated the exchange of plant species between Asia and North America, permitting immigration of many of the plant lineages that now form the flora of the Americas and the circumpolar north. This historical dynamism is being matched in the present by rapid floristic change caused by human alteration of the global climate. Because of Alaska’s northern latitude, its plants are being affected by climate change at a rate greater than those of any other U.S. state. Ecosystems and species ranges are shifting and community composition is changing. Effective natural resource management, conservation, and organismal biology depend on identifying and communicating precisely about biological taxa.
This website will provide a medium for communicating the results of the Flora, in addition to the traditional medium of a printed book. A provisional checklist of vascular plants is currently available and will be updated as names are vetted by our taxonomic committee. Descriptive materials, such as keys, descriptions, photographs, and illustrations, will be hosted as they become available (view example species page). Please submit feedback, including technical corrections, on the Flora of Alaska Project, this website, and the checklist and descriptive materials provided here through the feedback form.
Please cite the Flora of Alaska project as a whole as follows:
Ickert-Bond, S.M., B. Bennett, M.L. Carlson, J. DeLapp, J.R. Fulkerson, C.L. Parker, T.W. Nawrocki, and C.O. Webb (eds.). 2019. Flora of Alaska. Available: https://floraofalaska.org
For the descriptive materials of a particular taxon or group, please cite the authors of that treatment as follows:
[Authors]. 2019. Group. In: Ickert-Bond, S.M., B. Bennett, M.L. Carlson, J. DeLapp, J.R. Fulkerson, C.L. Parker, T.W. Nawrocki, and C.O. Webb (eds.). Flora of Alaska. Available: https://floraofalaska.org