The Fate of the World's Plants.


Journal Article

A recent report assessing the world's plant species finds continuing progress in completing the taxonomic catalog. However, many undescribed species remain. The report concludes that, presently, 21% of known species risk extinction. We show this statement applies to the short-term and ignores the as-yet undescribed species, which are also likely at risk of extinction. Human actions will extirpate many more by the end of this century.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pimm, SL; Raven, PH

Published Date

  • May 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 317 - 320

PubMed ID

  • 28268023

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28268023

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-8383

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-5347

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tree.2017.02.014


  • eng