عنوان مقاله [English]
The word Flora in Roman mythology is the goddess of flowers and spring season. Nowadays, the word flora is the name of one or a series of books introducing and describing the plants of a specific area. The plant taxonomists try to investigate and publish floras of their own country or any part of the world. Long-term efforts have been made to publish the floras covering Iran, mostly in a non-Persian language. Due to the lack of Flora of Iran in Farsi, plant taxonomists of the Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands started to investigate and publish the Flora of Iran in Farsi. In this regard, the flora of Iran has been published in 149 volumes, which is equivalent to 77 percent of the country's plants, and research is underway on completion of the work. Altogether, 66 plant taxonomists including the taxonomists of the Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Centers of Provinces and to some extent plant taxonomists of Universities have been contributing in the Flora project.
Each Flora includes descriptions, identification keys, examined specimens, line drawings, and distribution maps.