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Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States


Issue 1 (20 June 1995)

We have established this newsletter, the first in a series, as a way to inform our collaborators and others of our plans and achievements as we work toward completing the Generic Flora Project. Issue number one is likely to be longer than subsequent ones because there is a large amount of information to transmit. We hope that you will find much that is useful in what follows, and we welcome your comments, suggestions, and contributions, by e-mail or other means in the months ahead. We hope that the Generic Flora will be completed over the next four years. One hundred and forty of an anticipated 187 treatments are now in print, and several long manuscripts are under review. Because many of you have agreed to produce one or more of the remaining installments for us (see item 4), it is important for you to know what we are doing to help you with your work.

For example, a list of journals (and standardized abbreviations) that have been cited in the published installments is available on the New York State Library Gopher Server, which you can reach from your computer, if you are on the Internet. You can locate a full citation either by using the WAIS search capacity of the Gopher Server at the host computer by typing in a key word(s) or by using the search command on your office computer after you have transferred the file using file transfer protocol (FTP). See Item 2 for details. It's really very easy to do.

1. Organizational notes.

Walter Judd (University of Florida) has joined Norton Miller (New York State Museum) and Carroll Wood (Arnold Arboretum) in the final phase of the Generic Flora Project. Carroll will continue as one of the three leaders of the project. He expects to review manuscripts and to help in other ways, particularly by preparing some of the installments. Walt's and Norton's applications to the NSF last summer were successful, although the proposed budgets had to be reduced. Funds received by their respective institutions will be used in part for the appointment of a Research Associate at the University of Florida and another one at the New York State Museum.

In the summer of 1995 Wendy Zomlefer (Ph.D., University of Florida) will be joining Walt at Gainesville, and Jorge Arriagada (Ph.D., Ohio State University) will begin his work in Albany. Wendy will tackle many of the Lilialean families, and Jorge will begin on the tribes of Compositae that remain to be done. In addition, Wilma Campbell continues as an Editorial Technician in Albany with Norton. Her duties include ensuring the consistency of manuscript format, copy editing, bibliographic checks, and data file development and dissemination.

2. Information Available on the Internet.

Two authority files and other useful information are now available on the Internet. Our purpose in preparing these has been to facilitate your work and to reduce the number of editorial checks. We encourage you to use the journal abbreviations (which sometimes differ from those in B-P-H and its Supplement) and the names (or abbreviations of authors of plant names), which are in different files. You will need access to the Internet.


Gopher is a menu-driven application. To access the New York State Library's Gopher use the Gopher address unix2.nysed.gov and then make the following choices on each successive menu until you find one called "Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States." Many software packages allow you to save your pathways as a bookmark or in a clipboard, thereby eliminating keystrokes the next time you wish to access the Generic Flora files.

Current "Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States," pathway:

Gopher to: unix2.nysed.gov
-New York State Government Information Locator
--Alphabetical list of NYS Agencies
---New York State Government Executive Branch
----Education Department, New York State
-----New York State Museum
------Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States

Files Available on the Gopher:

If you wish to search for a specific bit of information instead of browsing through the files, access the WAIS Searcher at the same site. Again, Gopher to unix2.nysed.gov and then make the following menu choices:

Gopher to: unix2.nysed.gov
-New York State Government Information Locator
--Search the New York State Government Information Locator
---Search the ILS Gopher (WAIS)

You should eventually find a screen that reads: Search the ILS Gopher (WAIS). You may then enter any keyword, author, plant name, etc., and all of the files housed at this site will be searched. The WAIS searches all files in the Gopher. Therefore, if the author's name you are searching for happens to coincide with a New York State legislator's name you will get a mixture of hits (Generic Flora and citations to the legislator's work). Another search strategy will be needed, for example, the full name of a Generic Flora author.

The pathway to the GFSEUS Gopher files may change at any time without notification. Files have also been known to "disappear." If you cannot find the files you need, please send a short e-mail message to Norton at: nmiller2@mail.nysed.gov and he will attempt to redirect you or get the files back on-line.


The same files that appear on the Gopher Server are also available for downloading to your site. They are stored at the NYS Library anonymous FTP site (unix2.nysed.gov) in WordPerfect 5.1 format. Use your file transfer protocol (FTP) application to access this site, fill in the User Name (type in anonymous), Password (your e-mail address), and then locate the files in the pub directory. The files in this directory are in alphabetical order, so you will have to page or click your way past all of the New York State budget documents to locate the Generic Flora information.

Files Available:

The Journal Abbreviations and Authors of Plant Names files are quite large (395.7K and 214.4K). You may wish plan for their storage if the memory capacity of your own computer is limited.


Kent Perkins at the University of Florida Herbarium has added a link to some of our GFSEUS files through their World Wide Web home page. The Universal Resource Locator (URL) of this home page is:

Authors of Plant Names (and the abbreviations we use in the Generic Flora papers) and Journal Abbreviations are currently available from this source.

Other files will be added in the months ahead.

We are presently assembling a list of all Floras already cited in the 140 published installments and the standard abbreviations we use. When this task is completed (sometime this summer) the file will be added to those already on the Gopher Server.

For those without access to the Internet these same files are available on diskette (in WordPerfect 5.1 or ASCII format), or, if necessary, as paper copy. However, we will be continuing to update the files as manuscripts are reviewed. We will attempt to keep the file on the Gopher Server up to date. If you need disk or paper files, contact Norton Miller at the Biological Survey, New York State Museum, CEC 3140, Albany, NY 12230.

3. Papers Awaiting Publication, Under Review, or Nearing Completion.

4. Work in Progress.

* tentative
** Other Liliales will be partitioned into a number of monophyletic families and so treated, cf. Trilliaceae above.

5. Guidelines for Authors.

All collaborators should have a copy of Outlines and Comments for Contributors to the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States. This five page summary presents an outline of the sequence of topics we cover in every treatment and how these are organized (but also see any of the published installments). We try to make the bibliographies as complete as possible, but for well-studied groups with an extensive literature only summary papers and the pertinent primary literature should be included, otherwise a manuscript will grow too long for the space available. Published Floras (both regional and extra-regional ones) and relevant major references on subjects useful to systematics should be checked and added (for example, seeds, seedlings, anatomy, floral biology, secondary chemicals, and many others). When the title of a paper is not self-explanatory, please annotate the entry with a succinct description of its contents. Place this in brackets [ ] at the end of the citation. Check any of the published installments for examples. To ensure accuracy, please check each bibliographic entry word for word and number for number. We can not do this for you, but we are prepared to help with difficult entries or those that are hard to locate.

We encourage you to prepare your manuscript using a word-processing program such as WordPerfect 5.1, which we use. Electronic storage allows revisions to be made rapidly. Also, we will use the reviewed, edited, and revised version of your manuscript as it is stored on a diskette in the production of camera-ready pages for proofing and for printing once your manuscript has been revised for the last time. The "Outline" includes some guidelines for keyboarding. The most important of these are:

6. What You Can Do to Help Us Now.

Walt and Norton would welcome being sent a status report on your treatment(s). We will use this information to help prepare a schedule and a time table, which will be printed in the next newsletter. Send a brief report by letter, telephone, FAX, or e-mail to either Walter or Norton at the addresses given below.

Also, if your address (mail, e-mail) or telephone or FAX number(s) as given below, have changed, please pass this information along too, as quickly as possible.

7. Names, Addresses, and Numbers of Collaborators.

Dr. James Affolter
State Botanical Garden
University of Georgia
2450 South Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605
(706)542-3091 FAX
Dr. Jorge Arriagada
Department of Plant Biology
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210
[After July 1 Jorge may be reached at the same address as Norton Miller.]
Dr. George W. Argus
Botany Division
Canadian Museum of Nature
Box 3443 Sta. D
Ottawa ON K1P 6P4
(613)990-6451 FAX
Dr. Kerry A. Barringer
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718)941-4044 ext. 232
(718)941-4044 (wait for FAX option)
Dr. David M. Bates
L. H. Bailey Hortorium
462 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4301
(607)255-7979 FAX
Dr. Orland J. Blanchard, Jr.
Biology Department
Long Island University
C. W. Post Campus
Brookville, NY 11548
Dr. Luc Brouillet
Institut Botanique
l'Université de Montreal
4101 Est Rue Sherbrooke
Montreal PQ H1X 2B2
(514)872-9406 FAX
Dr. Philip D. Cantino
Department of Environmental and Plant Biology
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
(614)593-1130 FAX
Dr. Lincoln Constance
University Herbarium
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
Dr. William J. Crins
R.R. 1
South Waseosa Road
Huntsville, Ontario POA 1KO
(705)789-3933 FAX
Dr. Peter Goldblatt
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
Dr. Robert R. Haynes
Department of Biology
University of Alabama
P.O. Box 870344
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
(205)348-1786 FAX
Dr. Peter C. Hoch
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
(314)577-9595 FAX
Dr. Walter S. Judd
Department of Botany
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
(904)392-1767 (Herb. Office)
(904)392-3993 FAX (Bot. Office)
(904)392-1777 FAX (Herb.)
Dr. Eric E. Lamont
586 Sound Shore Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
Dr. Carl S. Keener
208 Mueller Laboratory
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
(814)865-9131 FAX
Dr. Stephen Manning
Biology Department
Arkansas State University
Beebe Branch
P.O. Drawer H
Beebe, AK 72012-1008
Dr. Alan Meerow
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
3205 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7799
(305)475-4125 FAX
Dr. Norton G. Miller
Biological Survey
New York State Museum
Albany, NY 12230
(518)473-8496 FAX
Dr. Lytton J. Musselman
Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0266
(804)688-5288 FAX
Dr. C. Thomas Philbrick
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT 06810
Dr. Robert A. Price
Department of Botany
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
(706)542-1805 FAX
Dr. Richard K. Rabeler
University of Michigan Herbarium
North University Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1057
(313)763-0369 FAX
usergdyk@umichum (bitnet)
Dr. Peter H. Raven
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
(314)577-9595 FAX
Dr. Gustavo Romero
Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium
Harvard University Herbaria
22 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)495-9484 FAX
Dr. Roger W. Sanders
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
509 Pecan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102-4060
(817)332-4112 FAX
Dr. Bernice G. Schubert
Arnold Arboretum
22 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)495-9484 FAX
Dr. John C. Semple
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
(519)885-1211 Ext. 2565
(519)746-0614 FAX
Dr. Janice Coffey Swab
Department of Biology and Health Science
Meredith College
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
(919)829-2819 FAX
Dr. John W. Thieret
Department of Biological Sciences
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41076
(606)572-5639 FAX
Dr. Gordon C. Tucker
Biological Survey
New York State Museum
Albany, NY 12230
(518)473-8496 FAX
Dr. Carroll E. Wood, Jr.
Arnold Arboretum
Harvard University
22 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)495-9484 FAX
Dr. Wendy B. Zomlefer
University of Florida Herbarium
209 Rolfs Hall
P.O. Box 110530
Gainesville, FL 32611-0530
(904)392-3993 FAX
Dr. Scott A. Zona
Fairchild Tropical Garden
11935 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33156-4299
(305)665-8032 FAX

8. Important e-mail Addresses.

Norton: nmiller2@mail.nysed.gov

Walter: lyonia@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu

* GFSEUS Project intro page on this WWW server
* GFSEUS gopher server at the NY State Museum
Issue 1 was prepared at the Biological Survey, New York State Museum.
Last content update: 8 Aug 1995. Converted to HTML by Kent Perkins at the UF Herbarium.
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