We developed the Checklist of Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Lichens, and Lichenicolous Fungi 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), Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria (CNABH), and Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria (CNALH). The compiled specimen data provided a list of all names that have been applied in Alaska. 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. We provide the Checklist to enable users to explicitly reconcile vegetation and floristic data at the lowest possible taxonomic level for ecological analyses across Alaska.
Timm Nawrocki developed an initial list of vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, and lichenicolous fungi for Alaska. James Walton, Martin Hutten, and Brian Heitz revised the names for the bryophytes. Currently, the checklist is in an unrevised state for lichens and lichenicolous fungi. We are coordinating review of the vascular plants through the Flora of Alaska project (currently ongoing). Please cite the Checklist of Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Lichens, and Lichenicolous Fungi of Alaska as follows:
Nawrocki, T.W., J.K. Walton, M.A. Hutten, and B.J. Heitz. 2020. Checklist of Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Lichens, and Lichenicolous Fungi of Alaska. Alaska Vegetation Plots Database (AKVEG). Available: https://akveg.uaa.alaska.edu/comprehensive-checklist/
Note: If only referencing names for vascular plants of Alaska, please cite the Flora of Alaska instead.