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The Science of Systematics
Major Flora Projects
Flora of Missouri
George Yatskievych George Yatskievych is a botanist with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Curator of Missouri Plants at the Garden. He is director of the Flora of Missouri project, the state's official floristic manual, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Conservation and the Garden.
Photo: Bill Summers

A joint project of the Garden and the Missouri Department of Conservation, Steyermark's Flora of Missouri is an identification guide and encyclopedia of all plant species growing wild in the state - a complete revision and update of the classic flora by the late Garden curator Julian Steyermark. The new flora includes 586 new illustrations and a little over 300 new species - 11 percent of the state's total - which have been discovered since the original was published in 1963. It includes chapters on botany in Missouri, climate, geography, plant communities, and biodiversity, including plants of conservation concern. The first volume, covering a third of the state's flora, was co-published by the Garden and the Department of Conservation in 1999, culminating 12 years of research. The project is scheduled for completion in 2005.

Lilium philadelphicum
Lilium philadelphicum was recently rediscovered in Missouri, 160 years after the last known collections in the late 1840s.
Photo: George Yatskievych

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