Hortax, formed in 1988, is a small committee of plant taxonomists and horticulturists with a professional interest in the classification and nomenclature of cultivated plants.
The committee meets to discuss topics of relevance to the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP) and seeks to find solutions to the plentiful problems presented by humanity's attempts to classify the plants it grows.
The purpose of this website is to provide a fund of information for the non-specialist enthusiast wishing to learn more about how plants are named, as well as a forum where questions of cultivated plant taxonomy can be aired and addressed.
20 December: The Hortax Committee is delighted to welcome two new members:
Natalie Iwanycki who oversees the curation and management of Royal Botanical Garden’s collection of wild and cultivated plant specimens in Ontario, Canada.
Valéry Malécot who is Associate Professor in Botany at Agrocampus Ouest (Centre d'Angers, Institut National d’Horticulture et de Paysage), in Angers, France.
25 July: The first issue of The Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter is now available under the Resources section of the website.