Western Australian Flora Statistics
2006 Vascular Flora Statistics

Table 1. Analysis of the size of vascular plant divisions for various categories of name; data sourced on 1 June 2006.
Category Pteridophytes Gymnosperms Monocots Dicots* Total
Total names A 137 33 3,422 14,565 18,157
Non-current names B 33 9 900 3,122 4,064
Current names C 104 24 2,522 11,443 14,093
Current taxa D 97 24 2,381 10,476 12,978
Current species E 95 24 2,224 9,442 11,785
Manuscript names F 0 0 56 437 493
Phrase names G 0 0 194 826 1,020
Published species H 95 24 1,974 8,179 10,272
Published alien species I 8 6 338 783 1,135
Published native species J 87 18 1,636 7,396 9,137
  • The term taxa here refers to entities at species level and below
  • The term species refers only to those entities at species rank
  • * The term dicot is here used in its traditional sense to retain compatibility with previous tables and for ease of use. ‘Dicotyledons’ is now strictly a paraphyletic assemblage of the Nymphaeales, ‘magnoliids’ and ‘eudicot’ clades (cf. New Systematic Sequence)

Compiler’s Note

While the current contents are manual concatenations of census data, or static tables drawn from recent published works, it is intended that future versions of this page will contain live flora statistics drawn directly from the constantly maintained datasets held at the Western Australian Herbarium. At that time we would also seek to disseminate the standard logic behind the accurate calculation of these statistics. In this way, not only will the latest figures be available at all times, but the correct methodology for calculating and applying those figures will become better understood.

Compiled by Alex Chapman; last updated on 1 June 2006.

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