1.1 The purpose of the Flora of Nepal project is to produce the first comprehensive account of all the estimated 6500* species of vascular plants of Nepal. One of the outputs is a series of ten printed volumes, written in English, intended for a mixed audience of specialists and non-specialists. The main use for the printed Flora is plant identification, although other information (e.g. geographical distribution) are included to enhance its value for other purposes such as conservation, forestry, etc. Underpinning the printed Flora is an Internet accessible electronic resource including pdfs of published and finalised accounts awaiting publication, more detailed specialist data (e.g. full nomenclatural references and typification), distribution maps generated from cited specimens, images, etc. Much of this additional information is normally recorded as part of the Flora process, but usually lost to a wider audience as it is not included in the traditional printed Flora. The Flora of Nepal sets out to produce a new approach to specimen-based Flora writing, producing a new style 'online Flora' making full use of developments in information technology.
*The Annotated Checklist of Flowering Plants of Nepal (2000) enumerates 5814 species, but it is estimated that at least a further 10% await discovery.
1.2 These guidelines are to help the contributors, editors, and reviewers to prepare taxonomic treatments that are as consistent as possible both within and between volumes of the Flora. The project is carried out under the supervision of the Editorial Committee, which makes all policy decisions concerning the Flora. Once the first volume of the Flora of Nepal is published this can be consulted for examples of content and layout. However, because of inevitable minor changes in policy through time, the most recent Guidelines adopted by the Editorial Committee, rather than previously published volumes, should be used for guidance. Subsequent versions of the Guidelines and supporting documents will be available via the Flora of Nepal website (www.floraofnepal.org).