The Plant List — A working list for all plant species

⚠ Version 1 of The Plant List has been superseded.

You should refer instead to the current version of The Plant List.


Enter a Genus (eg Ocimum) or genus and species (eg Ocimum basilicum).

? will match a single character. * will match any number of characters. Use at least three letters in the genus name if you include a ? or *.

The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. Version 1 aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).

Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden enabled the creation of The Plant List by combining multiple checklist data sets held by these institutions and other collaborators.

The Plant List provides the Accepted Latin name for most species, with links to all Synonyms by which that species has been known. It also includes Unresolved names for which the contributing data sources did not contain sufficient evidence to decide whether they were Accepted or Synonyms.

Summary Statistics

The Plant List includes 1,040,426 scientific plant names of species rank. Of these 298,900 are accepted species names.

The Plant List contains 620 plant families and 16,167 plant genera.

The status of the 1,040,426 species names, are as follows:

Status Total
Accepted 298,900 28.7%
Synonym 477,601 45.9%
Unresolved 263,925 25.4%


Click on the major plant group of interest to explore the taxonomic hierarchy embedded within The Plant List.

Work down the taxonomic hierarchy from Major Group (to find out which Families belong to each), to Family (to discover the Genera belonging to each) and finally Genus (to list the Species in each).