Taxonomic Exaggeration and Its Effects on Orchid Conservation

  title={Taxonomic Exaggeration and Its Effects on Orchid Conservation},
  author={Yohan Pillon and Mark W. Chase},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  • Y. PillonM. Chase
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Conservation Biology
Abstract:  Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants, encompassing several times as many species as birds or mammals. Because of their diversity, charisma, and threats from overcollection and habitat loss, they are a key group in conservation. Nevertheless, preservation of this group is plagued by taxonomic problems, particularly in Europe, where new taxa are actively being described. We used a checklist of orchids to compare the taxonomic treatment of this family between Europe and… 

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