Published: February 18, 2014

Journals of Neotropical Vascular Plant Taxonomy

Nancy Hensold, Tropical Plant Scientist, Keller Science Action Center



While many literature indexes are available online, taxonomic literature is often found in local journals or even hobbyist magazines not indexed by major academic publishing houses. This list attempts to remedy that by bringing together most references of importance to Neotropical plant taxonomy. Dates in parentheses indicate the dates of available online content at time of compiling the list, and not the publication dates of the journal. Journal titles in black are those for which no website was found. The following sources were very useful in compiling the list:
Electronic Sites of Botany, at

The Cutting Edge (see "Germane Literature")      

Index to American Botanical Literature (NYBG)

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Abc Taxa (Belgium)

Acta Amazonica

Acta Biológica Colombiana

Acta Botanica Brasilica

Acta Botanica Hungarica

Acta Botánica Mexicana

Acta Botánica Venezuelica

Acta Succulenta (2013+)

Actualidades Biológicas (Univ. de Antioquia)


Adumbrationes ad summae editionem 2002-2010 (Madrid)

Albertoa (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro)

American Fern Journal

American Journal of Botany

Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid

Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. Serie B (homepage, ToC only)

Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. Serie B für Botanik und Zoologie (JSTOR)

Annales Botanici Fennici

Annals of Botany

AoB PLANTS (Ann Bot Open access)

Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

Aquatic Botany

Arnaldoa (HAO, Trujillo, Peru), 1991-2010


Balduinia (Univ. Federal Santa Maria, RGS, Brazil)

The Begonian (Amer. Begonia Society, not available online)

Belgian J Bot (2004-2010) --> Plant Ecology and Evolution

Biodiversity and Conservation 
Biodiversity Data Journal (Pensoft)

Biodiversity & Ecology (prev. Mitt. Inst. Allg. Bot. Hamburg)

Biota Neotropica



Boissiera & CJB pub list

Boletim do Museu de Biologia Mello Leitão, n.s. (2013+)

Boletim do Museu de Biologia Mello Leitão, n.s. (1992+)

Boletim de Botânica - Univ São Paulo

Bol Mus Paraense Emilio Goeldi. Serie botanica (1989-2001, BibLat)

Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Naturais

Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica

Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México (to 2011) --> Botanical Sciences

Bonplandia (Corrientes)

Botanica Complutensis

Botanical Gazette (1876-1991)

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society - Wiley Online Library

The Botanical Review - SpringerLink

Botanical Sciences- formerly, Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México

Botanische Jahrbücher (2002-2009) --> Plant Divers. Evol. 2010+

Botany / Canadian Journal of Botany

Bradea (Herbarium Bradeanum, Rio de Janeiro)

Bradleya (British Cactus & succulent Society)

Brazilian Journal of Biology / Rev Bras Biol

Brazilian Journal of Botany - 2013+

Brenesia - Museo Nacional de Costa Rica


Die Bromelie (Deutsche Bromelien-Gesellschaft e.V.) ToC 1980-present

Bull. Brit. Mus. (BHL - 2007) --> Systematics & Biodiversity 2008+

Cactáceas y Suculentas Mexicanas

Cactology: New Bulletin for Cactus and Melocactus Research

Cactus-Adventures International (commercial website)

Cactus and Succulent Journal

Caderno de Pesquisa, ser. Biologia (Univ. Santa Cruz do Sul, RGS, Brasil)



Caribbean Journal of Science (2004-2010)

Ceiba (Escuela Agricola Panamericana)

Chloris Chilensis

Cinchonia (Herbario Alfredo Paredes, Quito, Ecuador)

Collectanea Botanica

Communications in Plant Sciences (Brazil)

Contributions from the United States National Herbarium / Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Contr Univ Mich Herbarium (BHL, to 2007)

Curtis's Botanical Magazine

Darwiniana, nueva serie

Edinburgh Journal of Botany


Ernstia (2006-2010)

European Journal of Taxonomy (Open Access, consortium of European institutions; search on *aceae in title to find plant taxonomy articles)


Feddes Repertorium

Fieldiana Botany

Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants

Flora Neotropica (JSTOR - 5 years old and more)

Flora of the World (monograph series, Species Plantarum)

Folia Geobotanica

Fontqueria - Click on 'Vol.1' (1982-2011)

Gayana. Botánica - Home Page

Harvard Pap. Bot. 2005+

Harvard Pap. Bot. ToC 1999+


Hickenia (1983-2006) -->Darwiniana

Hoehnea (SP)

Iheringia, ser. Bot.

Insula (Univ. Fed. de Santa Catarina, Brasil)

International Journal of Plant Sciences

Journal of Biogeography

Journal of Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Journal of the Bromeliad Society (Bromeliad Society International, current content not online)

Journal of the Bromeliad Society 1951-1989

Journal of Systematics and Evolution

Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society (JSTOR; 1870 to 1 year ago)

Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society (BioOne; 2005+)

Kakteen und andere Sukkulenten (Deutsche Kakteen-Gesellschaft e.V.)


Kew Bulletin 2008-present

Kew Bulletin (JSTOR; 1942 to 3 years ago)

Kurtziana (2006-2012) -->Darwiniana n.s., 2013



Lilloa - Fundación Miguel Lillo (Tucumán, Argentina)



Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Moscosoa (Dominican Republic)


New Phytologist

New Phytologist - JSTOR

Nordic Journal of Botany

Novon (2006 - current)

Novon (BHL, 1991+)

The Orchid Digest

OrchideenJournal (Vereinigung Deutscher Orchideenfreunde e.V.)

The Orchid Review (Royal Horticultural Society) - ToC only

Orquideologia: Revista de la Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideología (most recent issue)

El Orquideologo Suplemento, Asoc. Bogotana de Orquideología

Orchids (American Orchid Society) 

Palms (International Palm Society)

Pesquisas, série Botânica (Instituto Anchietano de Pesquisas,Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil)

PhytoKeys - Pensoft

Phytologia (to 2009, BHL)

Phytologia (2006-)

Phytologia Memoirs


Phytoneuron - Digital publications in plant biology

Phytotaxa; A rapid international journal for accelerating the publication of botanical taxonomy

Pittieria (Univ. de los Andes, Merida Venezuela)

Plant Biology (Stuttgart) [mostly plant physiology]

Plant Diversity and Evolution

Plant Ecology & Evolution (BR)

Plant Species Biology

Plant Systematics and Evolution



Polish Botanical Journal 2001+ (prev Fragm Flor Geobot)

Preslia - The Journal of the Czech Botanical Society

Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (BHL --> 2006)
Pteridologia - American Fern Society monograph series

Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exatas.....

Revistas - Asociación Colombiana de Ciencias Biológicas

Revista de Biologia Neotropical (Brasil)

Revista de Biología Tropical (Costa Rica)

Revista de la Sociedad Botanica de Bolivia

Revista Brasileira de Biociências (Porto Alegre)

Revista Brasileira de Botanica (1997-2012) --> Braz. J. Bot.

Rev. Facultad de Agronomia, Univ. Zulia

Revista del Jardin Botanico Nacional - Habana (1999-2010?)

Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad

Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad (ScieLo)

Revista Nordestina de Biologia (Univ. Federal de Paraíba, Brazil)

Revista Peruana de Biología

Rhodora 2005+

Richardiana (Orchidaceae)

Rodriguésia - Revista do Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

Rojasiana (Dept. Botánica, Fac. Ci. Quim.) Asuncion, Paraguay


Selbyana (content not available online)

Sellowia (Anais Bot. Herbário "Barbosa Rodrigues") - Itajaí, SC, Brazil

Sendtnera (1997-2002) ToC

Sida (BHL, thru 2006) --> J Bot Res Inst Texas

Sitientibus, Série Ciências Biológicas (to 2010)

Sitientibus série Ciências Biológicas (2011+)

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany

Systematic Botany

Systematic Botany (JSTOR)

Systematic Botany Monographs

Systematics & Biodiversity (BM)

Systematics and Geography of Plants (2006-2009) --> Plant Ecol & Evol

Taxon 2002+

Taxon 1950-2009

Turkish Journal of Botany



Willdenowia (JSTOR)



Nancy Hensold
Tropical Plant Scientist, Keller Science Action Center

Nancy processes and identifies Neotropical vascular plant collections, in conjunction with the Action Center's Rapid Biological Inventories in South America. She also maintains the Neotropical Herbarium Specimens website, a plant identification tool for non-specialists, and pursues original research on tropical Pipeworts (Eriocaulaceae).