Flora Ibérica is the name of the project born in 1980 which aims (through original taxonomic research) to update and synthesize current knowledge about vascular plants which spontaneously grow in Iberian Peninsula and Balearic islands, a soil of an outstanding floristic diversity. The final goal is to publish the work (in a book, CD-ROM, and even, in the internet) making available the plant identifications and for every plant: the accepted scientific name and its synonyms, a morphological description, an original drawing (or a reference of another previously published), the habitat, its world distribution and in the flora area, the flowering period, its chromosome number, its vernacular names, etc. As shown in the model genus, a series of observations are made when needed about morphological variability, nomenclature, etc.
The project team is: a staff of editorial center, managed by a general coordinator, the families editors, the genera authors, and an adviser committee. All of them, belonging to different scientific institutions from thirteen different countries. The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid ( CSIC, Madrid) is the coordinating center. The are mainly Spanish public institutions.
According to the editorial plan, sixteen volumes have been published, meaning about 70% of the total. It is estimated that to finish the project will take around 8-10 more years. The genera descriptions already made have meant an important step forward in the knowledge of our flora; contributing both in the amount of taxonomic novelties, as in the accuracy of the distributional plant information.