Rheedea is an international journal founded in 1991 and published by the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxonomy (IAAT) twice in a year, June and December.
Rheedea publishes peer reviewed original research and review articles in angiosperm taxonomy.
(Indexing: Indian Science abstract, IPNI, Flora Malesiana Bulletin, Kew Records of Taxonomy Literature)




Coimbatore (11-15 MARCH, 2019)

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) proposes to conduct a five-day course on Botanical Nomenclature, for the benefit of Scientists, Teachers, Research Fellows and Researchers in India at Coimbatore from 11 to 15 March 2019. Dr. Kanchi N. Gandhi, who has been working as a Senior Nomenclatural Registrar at Harvard University Herbaria, U.S.A. since 1995 will be the Course Director. Dr. Gandhi has rich experience in teaching, curation of vascular plant specimens and field study in the tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. He has substantial knowledge on the floras of southern India and southern United States. Since 2000, Dr. Gandhi serves on the Board of Directors of the Flora of North America (FNA) Association and as the Nomenclature Editor and Etymology Editor for the FNA vascular plant families; he also serves on the editorial board of a few journals such as Taxon, Rhodora, and Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, as a Collaborator for the Index Nominum Genericorum-Plantarum, and as the Manager of the International Plant Name Index-Harvard. He is one of the three recipients of the "Distinguished Service Award" given during 2009—present by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Dr. Gandhi has served as the Director of three Nomenclature Workshops organized by the BSI at Kolkata (2013) and at Pune (2017), and by the University of Campinas, Brazil (2018).

This Botanical Nomenclature Course aims to understand/learn the basics in plant nomenclature and also to clarify the nomenclatural doubts and queries. The Botanical Nomenclature Course will cover the subject items, viz. An historical overview of botanical nomenclature from pre-Linnaeus to the Shenzhen Code, Discussion of the entire Code - Article by Article, Emphasis on validity of publication and Problem–solving individually/in groups of participants.

The course fee will be Rs. 3500/- (Rupees Three Thousand five hundred only) per head to meet the expenditure of the teacher, tea and working lunch. Interested candidates may please send their brief Curriculum Vitae with contact details to Dr. P. Lakshminarasimhan, Scientist ‘E’ & Head of Office, Western Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India, 7-Koregaon Road, Pune – 411001 [Mobile No.: 9831460342; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Botanical Survey of India, Southern Regional Centre, TNAU Campus, Lawley Road Post, Coimbatore – 641003 [Mobile No.: 9952743605; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on or before 15th January, 2019 for registering their names. Participants are encouraged to bring nomenclatural problems that they have encountered for review and evaluation by the group during the course.

Note: The course is open to a limited number of participants and will be filled on a First-come, First-served basis. Priority will be given to candidates who are actively engaged in Plant Taxonomic Research.


Er. A.K. Pathak


Botanical Survey of India

CGO Complex, 3rd MSO Building
5th & 6th Floor, F Wing
DF Block, Sector I, Salt Lake City

Kolkata - 700 064, West Bengal, India








11-15 MARCH, 2019


COURSE structure


(Five days in march 2019)


Lectures by: Dr. Kanchi N. Gandhi, Senior Nomenclatural Registrar, Harvard University Herbaria, U.S.A.

His lectures will cover historical overview of botanical nomenclature from pre-Linnaeus to the Shenzhen Code, review of the physical structure of the Shenzhen Code and discussion on the entire Code article by article, with special emphasis on validity of publication and solving nomenclatural problems of the participants.


Programme schedule




1st lecture: An overview of nomenclature from pre-Linnaeus to the Shenzhen Code

2nd lecture: Review of the physical structure of the Shenzhen Code


3rd lecture [Preamble, Ranks and Names of Taxa (appropriate Articles 1 – 5 and 16 – 28 of the Shenzhen Code)]

Problems: Discussion



4th lecture [Status, Typification, Starting Points, Conservation, Sanctioning (Articles 6 – 15 of the Shenzhen Code)]

5th lecture [Effective Publication; Validity of Names Part I (Articles 29 – 39 of the Shenzhen Code)]

Preoblems: Discussion



6th lecture [Validity of Names Part II] (Articles 40 – 45 of the Shenzhen Code)]

7th lecture [Authorship Citation (Articles 46 – 50 of the Shenzhen Code)]

Problems: Discussion



8th lecture [Rejection of Names-I (Articles 51 – 53 of the Shenzhen Code)]

9th lecture [Rejection of Names-II (Articles 54 – 59 of the Shenzhen Code)]

Problems: Discussion


10th lecture [Orthography (Articles 60 – 62 of the Shenzhen Code)]

11th lecture [hybrid names]

12th lecture [Fungal Code]


Turland, N. J. & al. 2018. International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi, and Plants (Shenzhen Code).

Nicolson, D. H. 1974. Orthography of names and epithets. Taxon 23: 163-177; 549-561; 843-851.

Nicolson, D. H. 1986. Species Epithets and Gender Information. Taxon 35: 323-328.

Nicolson, D. H. 1991. A history of botanical nomenclature. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 78: 33-56.

Stearn, W. T. 1983. Botanical Latin, ed. 3rd. David & Charles. London.


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