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.
21 March:Nine major horticultural libraries are contributing to a Lost Names Hortax initiative. This collaborative effort seeks to bring to light the wealth of inaccessible taxonomic information that waits to be uncovered in early gardening literature. The first initiative undertaken as part of the Project is to provide a cumulative index to The Gardeners’ Chronicle. Email Hortax if you or your organisation would like to contribute to this project.
20 March: Hortax is delighted to welcome another new member – Lesley McCarthy who manages and conducts Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) tests for vegetable crops at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), Edinburgh.
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.