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Flora of Guatemala (Part IV)

Nature volume 158, page 646 (09 November 1946) | Download Citation



THIS is the first part to be published of a “Flora of ateinala” which has been in preparation for the pawt six years at the Herbarium of the Chicago Ndfcural History Museum. The Flora is based upon published records and earlier collections; in particular, it records new information obtained by the authors during four botanical expeditions of the Chicago Museum which extended to all the twenty-two departments of Guatemala. The authors state in their introduction that the flora of Guatemala, as considered in their work, includes that of British Honduras, which is continuous with that of the departments of Pet6n and Izabal: "There is no reason to suppose that in British Honduras there exists more than a handful of species that will not be found eventually in Guatemala". The work is thus of great importance for forest officers and students of the vegetation of the British Central American Colony. The only survey hitherto of the flora of British Honduras was Standley and Record's "Forests and Flora of British Honduras"{Pub. Field Museum, Bot. Series, 12; 1936) in which the systematic list was little more than a ‘prodromus’; while there has been no previous flora of Guatemala.

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