Only 300,000 names for species have been accepted as standard terms by the experts, and 480,000 others have been deemed "synonyms," or alternatives to accepted names. A whopping 260,000 names are "unresolved." | Cornelia Doerr/Getty Images

World's Largest Plants Database Assembled

The extensive catalog was created to help conservationists, drug designers and others avoid confusion over plant names.

Published On 12/29/2010
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