We developed the Provisional Checklist of Vascular Plants of Alaska by collating specimen records from the University of Alaska Museum Herbaria (ALA), University of Alaska Anchorage Herbarium (UAAH), Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria (CPNWH). The compiled specimen data provided a list of all names that have been applied in Alaska. Additional names for non-native plants and rare plants were incorporated from AKEPIC and the ACCS rare plants data portal, respectively. We then reconciled the initial list of names in the state to recently published reference works and peer-reviewed literature (listed below) to determine accepted names, misapplied names, and synonyms. In cases where the literature suggested that a taxon should not be considered to occur in Alaska and lacks a clear misapplication relationship to an accepted name, we removed the name from the list. Although order of priority for taxonomic sources varied by group, we generally gave priority to monographic work by taxonomic specialists and reference works. Citations are ordered alphabetically, rather than by priority, in the table below. Because further taxonomic research introduces new names and combinations and changes the known relationships between names, we anticipate conducting a semi-regular annual review of the Checklist to integrate new work. To view checklists of bryophytes, lichens, and lichenicolous fungi in addition to vascular plants, refer to the Checklist of Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Lichens, and Lichenicolous Fungi of Alaska.
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