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    台灣植物誌 第一版  Flora of Taiwan, 1st edition    Vol. 1

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    台灣植物誌第一版  Flora of Taiwan, 1st edition  1: xi

    This work is a flora of the vascular plants of Taiwan. The need for such a work has been felt for a long time, and it has become more urgent in recent years as scientific and educational activities have accelerated along with advancement in industry and agriculture. A complete census of the floristic wealth of the land presented in a systematic format is not only botanically indispensable but is basically significant for many other areas of research and development. To meet this need, this flora is presented at this time as the result of a cooperative effort by several workers in integrating their personal contributions as well as those of many former authors.
    The scientific study of the flora of Taiwan began in 1854 when Robert Fortune briefly visited Tanshui and made a few collections along the coast. Other European collectors followed and the first extensive botanical survey was made by Augustine Henry, who published an extensive list enumerating 1,429 species in 1896. From 1895 to 1946, during the Japanese occupation, many Japanese botanists actively explored the island and published extensively. The monumental studies by Bunzo Hayata are especially notable. Since 1946 Chinese botanists have continued botanical surveys and studies, adding considerably to our knowledge of this rich and interesting flora.
    A century of exploration and research, however, has not served to actually complete the floristic survey. Monographic studies on many groups of plants have not yet been published. It will take many more years of further investigation to achieve this, and much longer to have more refined systematic research at the population level as well as studies using other tools andrnethodologies besides traditional taxonomy. Rather than waiting for a definitive work in the distant future, we here propose to summarize our current knowledge in a form that can be of some help in meeting immediate needs. This work can also be used as a basis for further improvement.
    This effort came to realization in 1972 with the support of the Republic of ChinaP U. S. Scientific Cooperative Program of the National Science Council of the Republic of China and the National Science Foundation of the United States. An Editorial Committee was formed, members of which prepared accounts of various families, while contributions regarding other groups were solicited from

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