Taxonomy and The Compleat Botanica: a traditional tree of life
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"Ian  says . . ."

Ian was looking for the definitive word on plant families, orders, and classes only to discover that there are conflicting opinions about the best classification scheme.  "Now I can create my own taxonomic hierarchy if I feel up to it.", Ian says.

The Compleat Botanica knows that the science of taxonomy will remain in flux for a long time.  Will genetics do any better?

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Q:  I've noticed that some customizations apply to databases and others to the software in general.

A:  Most of the customizations apply to the software in general.  Such things as picture options, abstract options, and specimen list options are set once for the entire software.

There are a few exceptions to this rule.  For the most part these are cultural preferences.  They apply to the currently open database only.  See the full story.

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The Compleat Botanica for taxonomy
Cross check data on publication and author citations.
Record notes on original names and synonyms.
Reclassify supra-generic names when necessary.
Use all of the other features of The Compleat Botanica to develop and publish plant-related reports with photographs.


Features for taxonomy

  Botanical name display

  Family names

  Checklist of names

  Botanical spell-checker

  All of the essential features of The Compleat Botanica

Data fields for taxonomy

Just a few of the data fields useful for taxonomy:





  Common names

  Data source

  Uncertain taxonomy

  Alphabetical index of all 160 fields used by The Compleat Botanica


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There are 17 side-by-side data entry views making it easy to access and update your data.  Be sure to check out the Identification view.

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Frequently asked questions

  We are currently compiling a master list of our plant collections, ultimately leading to a book. Can we import data from Excel into the Compleat Botanica and print a book from it?

A:  Yes.  Data from Excel spreadsheets can be saved in a tab delimited format which can easily be imported into The Compleat Botanica.

The software has an excellent facility for publishing your data in book format and in hyper-linked Web format.

In addition, the software has an export feature that allows your data to be copied to word processors, page publishing tools, browsers, Web servers, etc.

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  How do I import data from other applications?

A:  The Compleat Botanica stores data in four tables: one table contains your specimen records, another contains your customized categories, a third contains the taxonomic checklist and botanical spell-checker., and another one contains the vernacular list of common names.

The Import command, which is available from the File menu, is coordinated with the current view. So to import new specimen records your current window must be one of the Specimen Views. Similarly, to import custom categories, your current view should be the Categories View; to import taxonomic records your current view should be the Checklist; and to import common names your current view should be the Vernacular Names View. See the full story.

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Last reviewed December 05, 2009   


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