2.1 Treatments in the Flora should be synoptic, not monographic. Manuscripts should be based on existing literature, herbarium specimens, and author's research experience. Authors are encouraged to borrow as many specimens as possible from at least the following five major Chinese herbaria (Institute of Botany, Beijing; East China Normal University, Shanghai; South China Institute of Botany, Guangzhou; Kunming Institute of Botany; Institute of Applied Ecology, Shenyang). Chinese types and Chinese moss collections deposited in western herbaria should also be consulted. Examination of these collections can be arranged by western co-authors, inter-herbarium loans or by visits to appropriate western herbaria, if possible.